Tuesday, 19 June 2012

On this narrow road....

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (New International Version of the bible, Gospel of  Matthew, chapter 7: verses13-14)

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
 Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”

Which path are you on? Who is leading you?
What, or who, is causing you to leave the path you are on?

There are many junctions in the Christian path, many side roads that are dead ends, many elective detours and many paths that lead straight back to that other major highway.

Choose your guide:

The Bible is an infallible roadmap. Better than the most sophisticated GPS, it will never cease to provide direction to God.

The Holy Spirit, (aka the Parakletos, the One who comes alongside) is God’s gift to His people, providing indwelling counsel. No better compass could ever point to God.

Prayer is our connection to God, more trustworthy than the most powerful mobile phone with internet connection (and it doesn’t need batteries). When we pray for God’s direction, wisdom and guidance, He provides it.

Choose your backpack:

When we are laden down with the delights or cares of this world we cannot travel easily. There may be some rocks that we cannot voluntarily ditch from our baggage, but we don’t need to collect others along the way – grudges, riches, accolades and possessions and many other little pebbles that weigh us down. There always seems to be those shining pebbles, just off the path.

Choose your companions:

There's no shortage of wannabee guides who would like you to follow them. Be very sure of where human “leaders” are taking you. How do their words and actions line up with scripture? Is their ministry Christ-centred and Biblically based? Pray continually for wisdom and discernment for yourself and for your church leaders and community, for we are required as part of the Christian life to be part of a church congregation.

There is no greater joy in this life than to be on the Eternal road, love, saved, forgiven and enjoying fellowship with our Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, our blessed Trinity, here and now; and anticipating the joy to come when we are in the presence of our Lord, forever worshipping Him.

Enjoy the journey. God bless you.

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