In a certain sense, we are given choices that determine our eternal course in this life. Jesus described these choices as between two paths that take us through either a “straight and narrow gate” or a “wide path” that leads to eternal destruction, and many go therein. This is to many today somewhat of a simplified set of choices that seem to be somewhat outdated or even unrealistic. I can assure you, that to those of you who doubt that life can be so simple as having these two decisions but it is as true today as it was in Jesus day! We can make the decision to reject the God of the Bible and live that very Godless life which consists of self-gratification and basic selfishness. These people try to do good things to try to satisfy their conscience and do it in the sight of others so that those acquaintances or so-called friends will think well of them but they are still empty inside afterwords when all is said and done, but they never really find true satisfaction!
It is only when these people give up their efforts to find satisfaction in anything other than God Himself! They must fill that empty spot in their soul, that God shaped area that only God can fill and then and only then will they start to find true peace and fulfillment. This is the straight and narrow gate that leads to eternal life! It is a narrow path because our choices are limited yet well-defined by the maker of all things and He and only He has the right to say what is good in His eyes and what we must obey. The thing to remember is that God truly loves us and only wants that which is best for us so we must give our will to him and simply “Trust”. Since He created us then he absolutely knows what is best! So then, will you surrender your choices to his guidance and simply trust Him by “Faith”? The narrow path is the best path for both you and I! Jesus said to His disciples “Follow Me” and we must do the same I have chosen to follow Him and my life has not been the same! I gave Him the title-deed to my life which he already owned but since he has given us free will, we must make the decision to allow Him to take control of our lives and He will do that which is best for our lives since He knows the future!
Will you consider how well you have done with you in control of your life? Now consider that the Creator of the universe knows how to do it better, much better! Give Him a chance before it is too late! Our days are numbered and He is the only one who knows how much longer we have to make that very important decision and we do not! Once we die then our last chance is gone for ever! We are given plenty of evidence in the creation itself to know that He exists. The knowledge of Him is built into all of us but sometime during childhood, our society, parents or others manage to put enough doubt into us to cause us to procrastinate and try to manage our lives ourselves. Later we die without making that very important decision and then you are without hope because your life is gone for ever! You must make this decision while you are still conscious and able to make it! Please consider that “Straight and Narrow Gate”, while you still can! After you make that fateful decision to trust God’s Son by “Faith”, then eternal life begins even while we live. After we truly trust Christ then our lives truly begin and then we have a God-given purpose in life to fulfill, so seek God and try to find it! His Holy Spirit will come and take up residence within you and help you to find it as well as your “Spiritual Gifts“. This has been based on “Matthew 7:13“
Many Sorrows Today
Our Lives often contain moderate to significant degrees of disappointments and sorrows that are generally speaking, acquired during normal aspects of human growth. We are often being modeled into moderately well-rounded adolescents, that is if we are given the necessary love and nurture that all human beings need in our formative years. If we are given half a chance to excel in this fast paced, pressure filled life, then we may have what it takes to be success in whatever path that we choose. In this modern society with its modern-day role models, our children struggle to compete for dominance among their peers in a variety of areas including sports. Hopefully, they will aspire for greatness in a healthy way. All too often, these so-called role models are athletes that themselves did not have good examples of what a role model should be. These sports stars turn out to have feet of clay, and are eventually overwhelmed by their success and fall into sin. What then are our children to think when their so-called heroes get into trouble and get caught living immoral lives? Our society sells news stories that in some ways tend to glorify their actions and give our children a false example of what is “good”. We do not have real heroes today, those who actually set the good examples that our children need, therefore they end up getting into trouble themselves. Where then will the true heroes come from? The only true source of the kind of examples that our children need must come from the Bible! The Bible is full of examples of Godly men and women who followed the examples that God provided in his word and succeeded and still are models for our children today like King David. But even David had feet of clay and took his eyes off of God and sinned greatly! His life was filled with sorrows after the incident with Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite. Almost all the heroes from the Bible failed in some way in their lives but God forgave them when they recognized their sin and repented while humbling themselves before God therefore God forgave them and gave them another chance. We must also realize that there are lasting penalties that we must suffer even though God has forgiven you. They are called consequences and we must keep this in mind when we are tempted to sin! There are also in the Bible, examples of those who God chose for greatness, who also failed miserably like Samson. Samson’s family suffered many sorrows as well! If we will use the traditional examples of the Biblical heroes that the Bible provides for our children then they will learn that no man is perfect and that they too will be forgiven by God, if they will only humble themselves in prayer. For God’s forgiveness is something that He promises that He will do under certain circumstances. First, we must receive His forgiveness by “Faith”, but not just any kind of faith. It must be based on Faith in the “Greatest Sacrifice in The World”, which is the great sacrifice that Christ Jesus made on that tree between two thieves. A “blood sacrifice” had to be made to pay for our sins. We can not have the necessary means to do this in our own strength. It is by the “Power of God” alone, which was planned to take place before the world began.
If we allow our sorrows to take control of our lives then we will never be able to overcome the hardships of life that happen to each and every one of us, sooner or later! Those of us who name the name of Christ and truly mean it, will receive the sorrows of Christ at some point in their lives because Jesus said that because He suffered, then we also will suffer! I believe that it means, according to my experience, that those who belong to Satan will provide the trials because they in some respect see Christ in us and because they hated Christ in His day, they will also in our day, cause us to be hated as well! It may seem to you that the wicked prosper, and they do for a while, but eventually they will have a lifetime of sin debt, that will have to be paid! Since they do not have their sins paid for by the blood of Christ then their suffering has only been delayed and their sorrows in hell will not even compare to the sorrows that we had here on Earth. So I say to you, do not wait for you may die tomorrow and then it will be too late for you!