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Happy to be Narrow May 16, 2008

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“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

I’ve been wanting to write a post like this for a very long time now. The theme has been in my head for months and months…the theme is my life. The theme is Christianity. The point is Christ and Christ alone.

Evaluate your heart:

If you are reading this, and claim the Christian faith, do you find yourself on the narrow road, looking to enter the narrow gate? Does the word narrow have some negative or degrading undertone in your perspective? Do you find happiness and joy when you someone refers to your beliefs as narrow?

I’m so happy to know narrow, to love narrow, to be narrow. God’s given me such perspective over this concept. Of course, I didn’t always believe this “hard core”…but that’s because I wasn’t saved. I definitely believed Jesus was the way, but never truly considered the whatif scenario for those who lived “good” lives, but believed something else. The fact is that the Christian faith is a very harsh reality, and not one that many want to really think about. So, many people don’t. They all just go about their lives, and “live for today”, and “live for themselves”, but aren’t considering eternity. One thing is certain about life…..we will all die. It’s a fact. Most people don’t want to think about it. And, although I don’t feel ready to go right now, I am excited to go Home. I know where I am going, and it’s through the narrow gate. And it’s because of God’s grace, through faith, and not of my own works, but a gift from God, so that no one may boast. (Eph 2:8-9)

I’ve been hated on for declaring the narrow road. I’ve been called judgemental, a bigot, and close-minded. I would say to those people that they just don’t know who God really is. They wouldn’t say such things if they sought His Truth found only in the Bible. They would have the same understanding and peace that comes from knowing the one and only true God, and living out what He has called us to be, disciples.

The persecution of believing God and living His narrow path is one that I welcome. He has called me to be an ambassador for Him and a loving disciple of Jesus. I am alive by God’s grace, and will spend eternity with Him and all the other fellow “narrow believers”, and I count it all joy!

Consider this:

Don’t take my word for it, Take The Word……MANY enter through the wide gate, which is EASY, and leads to destruction. Are you going through life with ease, just “livin”…carefree and “acceptance equals love” type of mentality, or are you living a disciplined, obedient, God-centered life, seeking the Truth found in the Bible, all for the purpose to be His glory?

Walking Narrow,

Lauren

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