Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.Matthew 7:13-14 New King James Version
Yahweh = God / Yeshua = Jesus
The above picture depicts parts of a Christian’s life journey. Sometimes the way is narrow, not looking pretty or very appetising. It’s one of those paths that, once you go down it, the only way is out! You have to keep pressing on, going forward until the end is reached. Obviously this all depends on the viewpoint of the individual concerned and events in their life. The depicted child in this instance, is dressed in a uniform, flat shoes and braided hair. In reality it’s a child, heading to school in the Caribbean (maybe!), but for the sake of this analogy it’s a Christian, on their life’s journey. As the child, nothing else seems to matter but the end goal of where they are heading. They know where they are going. One way in, one way out. If you go down this path with a friend, it would be in single file, because there is no space for two to walk side by side without touching or scraping away the moss covered walls? You may be like me and avoid touching anything live that appears different from the human life form!
Back to the analogy, that friend may fall away but, will you follow them or proceed on your way; I mean you’re going to be late and you wouldn’t want Daddy to find out! However, how? How will you get out? Will you keep walking ahead wondering when you’ll reach the end OR will you try to turn around and get out the way you came in. In this picture it’s a child that ventures down that path, if they were any bigger there would be no room to turn sideways, because they may feel claustrophobic, to turn and face the direction they entered. It’s similar to when an adult comes to know Yeshua; old ways have to be unlearned, a bigger change needs to take place, as more life has been lived.
This journey may appear bright at first (the start of this narrow path). Depending on how you have given your life; your favourite chorus playing in the background; your life going ‘off the rails’ and eventually giving thanks that you survived; major event taking place where you didn’t know how you were going to face another day; and/or you hearing His voice. The fact you’re reading this could be your calling; it’s just an amalgamation of things that louden the deafening call, you just can’t shut it out…….until ‘reality’ sets in. Eventually you are put to the test. You, therefore, need to keep going until you reach a section that is a little wider…..maybe. There has to be a cleaner/clearer part to this journey. Your guarantee is that your Father is at the end…keep going. Try to keep to the path…immovable…just press forward.
And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heavenMatthew 18:3 New International Version
What did Yeshua mean when He said that? He meant that we are to come eager and ready to learn; be excited; remain wide-eyed and focused; humble; and submissive.
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.Matthew 18:5
However, our Father provides protection/recompense as He warns the below. If you lead someone astray in this manner, the punishment is GREAT. If you assist someone, likewise, the reward is GREAT!
But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.Matthew 18:6 New International Version
Protected, the way is narrow and it’s hard for anything to attack, tempt or pass you. It’s just you and God…no other things or people can come into contact with you…no turning to the left or right, just straight forward on the narrowing road. The thought may be that it is uneventful and boring but it’s the best way whilst you aim to be weened off the milk and become ready to eat the meat. You will eventually end the journey on this road or path. I say again, it’s just you and God. You’ll realise everything is just going your way, as He lifts you up. Psalm 91 tells us ‘he that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of The Almighty’…covered over…you’ll not want to move away…nothing can shake you…it will be harder spiritually, physically and mentally, to reverse and place yourself on the wider path. Initially there will be pain and heartache. Eventually all will be great. Christian life is all about getting to know Yahweh, Yeshua and the Holy Spirit; wanting to become more and more like Him and actually becoming more and more like Him. Scripture tells us; ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened!
For those reading this who already know Yeshua. No matter how long or how much, you should always yearn to know Him more and more, better and better. You can never know/understand Him too much. The more and more you know Him is the more of yourself that you will be willing to hand over; the more of yourself you will be willing to change. For to whom much is given, much is required. It is not wrong for your talents and blessings to be used for Yahweh’s Kingdom, He wants all of YOU. It may seem daunting and that you won’t be able to do it but ALL things are possible with God. He makes the impossible possible. He is the light leading your way; live as He intended.
For the Christian (believer) and mature Christian (mature believer), how well do you know Him? Has your heart ever waxed cold (even for a moment, hour, day, situation or person). Why?
Do you know HIM?
Do you truly know The One who hovered on the face of the deep; threw the stars up into space; separated darkness from light; knows the beginning from the end and end from the beginning; who sent His Son to die on Calvary’s cross; and offered you and me forgiveness and eternal life. By His stripes we are healed. Have you truly handed over everything to Him and asked Him to have His way? Do you know HIM?
Do you KNOW Him?
Do you truly know and accept His forgiveness, which He so freely gives; do you know of His love that He has for you, no matter what; do you believe the events surrounding His existence, birth, death and resurrection sprinkled through the text of the Holy Bible, from the beginning to end; the history of this earth; do you know that your sins are as far away from you as the east is from the west; and that He says He’ll never leave nor forsake you? Do you know Him?
Do YOU know Him?
Everything you’ve wondered in your heart, can be found through Him; that He loves you; out of all the people in the world He chose you to do a great thing for Him; He knew you before you were an apple in your father’s eye; is He your personal Saviour? Are you riding on the salvation of Mummy, Daddy, husband or wife? He knows your beginning from your end; He knows your deepest, darkest secrets; and He knows EVERYTHING about you! The amount of times He has ‘saved‘ you, yes, that’s right, you have a purpose; you were no mistake!
Walk boldly to His throne of grace because His mercy is great and His mercy is so wide. He’s saying to you today to come unto Me all who are heavy laden and I WILL give you rest. Selah!
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death.Philippians 3:10 King James Version