Which Path?

20 11 2006

Scripture:
Matthew 7:28-29 (NIV) 28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Observations:
Reading through Matthew 5, 6, and 7 is quite enlightening, while still daunting. It is courageous and inspiring. It is visionary, but can be disheartening. I suppose it is how you take it.

First Jesus talks about who is blessed. Then He talks about being better than the Pharisees in keeping the law. He goes on to talk about the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, giving, and finding peace, through trust — and not worrying. Finally, in chapter seven, he gets into some specific behaviors that will benefit all of us. How to ask, and how to not be foolish.

As I read these chapters, some of Jesus’ points are very convicting. Do I lust? Should I pluck out my eye or cut off my hand? Is Jesus being literal or is he being figurative? Is he being both? What about loving my neighbor? Can I do that the way Jesus asks? What about sacrificing in order to give to the needy? Do I really know how to pray? What about worry — and laying up treasure in Heaven?

All this boils down to the gates being narrow — but the path to destruction is wide. Which path will I choose?

Application:
In order to walk the narrow path, I can’t serve two paths. It is impossible for me to take the path to Denver and to Limon — at the same time. I can either choose Christ’s path, or my own. But they are not going to the same destination.

Prayer:
Father God, today — I choose to follow your path. Lead on, my Lord!

gw

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