In Other Words: Taking the Narrow Road in 2016

In Other Words

This week I am taking some time to write a post in response to PATRICIA’S IN OTHER WORDS CHALLENGE.

The quote we are being asked to spin off of is…

“If you spend too much time thinking about
a thing you’ll never get it done.”
Bruce Lee

Find Patricia’s other contributors at the underlined link above:

Here is my post:

Taking the Narrow Road

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by JE Lillie

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Ma. 7:13,14

They say “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

While I will take the word of Jesus over the word of “They” any day, I think in this case both Jesus and “They” are talking about the same thing, at least in some respects.

The “wide gate and the broad road” are the “road to Hell”, one and the same. This wide broad road to Hell is filled with well-intentioned people, good people. Some of them are way better and more likable than I am. The fact remains they are on the road to Hell, a real place of real punishment.

That is because good intentions and even good behavior don’t get you to Heaven; Faith does.

Paul said, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Later he wrote, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inb Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Early on in the same letter Paul revealed that the method of receiving this gift of eternal life (Heaven defined) is by faith when he wrote, the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,e just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”Romans 1:17

Jesus himself said faith was the key when he stated, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son John 3:16-18

Over the course of my life as a minister I have asked thousands of people to put their faith in Jesus and follow Him. Some have rushed to embrace Jesus as their living hope.  More however waved me off saying things like:

“I’m just not convinced yet.”

“If God will prove Himself to me first then I will believe Him.”

“I tried Jesus once. It didn’t work.”

“I have a lot of things I want to do first. Religion will come later.”

One man even said to me…

“If I have to accept Jesus to go to Heaven I am perfectly happy to go to Hell.”

Most of these people (even the guy who said he was happy to go to Hell) were people I liked, were people I would want to know for eternity. Most of these people were filled with lots of good intentions even in the midst of what I considered their misguided priorities.

But all those intentions are “wide-road” mentalities, earthly mindsets that will fade with their lives unless they do the one thing which can put them on the narrow road. That one thing is putting faith, hope, focus, love and life energy into following Jesus. Nothing else matters until that commitment is made.

Maybe as 2016 dawns on your life you are wavering over the Jesus decision. To you I give Bruce Lee’s warning as the New Year begins.

“If you spend too much time thinking about
a thing you’ll never get it done.” Bruce Lee

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Will 2016 be the year you begin to trust Jesus as your God?

11 thoughts on “In Other Words: Taking the Narrow Road in 2016

  1. Several years ago one of the T.V. stations did a thing on the street where they went about asking people if they were going to go to heaven and why they thought they would go to heaven. I was totally amazed at the number of people that answered with, “I’m a good person” type of answers. “I haven’t hurt anyone”, etc. Out of the many they asked only a couple even mentioned Jesus Christ dying on the cross. I’m sure it is much liike that even now if not even more so. I wonder if many are even thinking about eternity much less thinking hard about it.

  2. The narrow path is one of my favorite subjects in photography and in scripture. Narrow is the way toward Christ. If anyone has done much hiking they will agree that the narrow way is the bold choice. It takes courage to take a path that is less traversed. With Christ there are risks – we can fall, fail, slip, get hurt and yet… May we be defined by our Lord in 2016 and chose the narrow way – always

  3. As one who didn’t want to go the narrow way for a long time and lived in a big worldly way, I so appreciate this message. it breaks my heart that so many just don’t or won’t see the truth and love of Jesus. I know where they are and where they could be with one word…if they would only say yes when He says, “Come”. Thank you for sharing this with In Other Words!

  4. There is so much truth in your message. Faith isn’t really a “think it” thing, it’s much more about listening to your heart… believing! Once you believe, the action step of acceptance comes naturally and with eagerness, just like coming home!

  5. This is so very true, and a reflection on how we tend to put off the most important things in our lives, thinking that they’re always be plenty of time to do that later. This shows up in family relationships too, and we know that all too often time runs out before The right things ever happen. Faith is most definitely not something to postpone one minute longer, but something to embrace with joy!

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