Sitting with the Shepherd
"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 ie s the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV)
In twenty years of serving in the addiction recovery ministry, I have seen many people inquire about help in overcoming life dominating sin. Jesus Christ Himself is the ultimate prodigal Son. He never sinned but He did leave His Father's home, travel to a far distant land, become destitute by choice and then made His way back to the Father. Like Jesus we cannot find a suitable dwelling place apart from the Father. I have often pondered over that fact that so many hear the Gospel and yet having ears they do not really hear. But I think I know the reason that that happens. Here is an illustration. My wife often becomes frustrated with me because no matter how lost I get stopping and asking for directions isn't an option that I choose. As a result I spend a lot of valuable time and effort driving around on the wrong roads until I stumble haphazardly onto one I recognize.
Jesus Christ knows the way home to the Father because He has made the journey. He offers to show all who come to Him in honesty sincerely desiring to know the way. In fact He Himself said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6 NKJV) The majority of the human race has been deceived into believing that all roads lead to the same place. The bible identifies those people as the many who are travelling the wide road to destruction. There was one time in my life that I actually asked for directions. I asked Jesus to show me the way to live and He showed me. So if you desire to join me on the road with Jesus Christ today we can be two of the few who travel the narrow road leading to life.
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Where did God the Father first call you from to return "home to Him?"
2. Who was the person or persons that you found me most helpful in showing you the way home?
3. Is there something that is keeping from completing the journey? What would it take to remove that obstacle?
My Father in heaven my God, blessed be Your Holy Name. You have shown me the pathway to life and allowed me to share it with others who truly desire to know You. Once I wandered in a desolate way but in Christ today I not only have life but have it more abundantly. Continue to lead me along the path of righteousness for Your Names sake. Amen