Where is your heart? Where are your eyes?
With a New Year comes new opportunities, joy, life, struggles, and death. In “all of this” that the New Year brings, we experience change, stress, and distress at various times. So, I pose the questions again: Where is your heart? Where are your eyes?
Matthew 7:13-14 NLT “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
How does the narrow gate apply to me? To you?
We are at liberty to choose how we live and thus which gate we shall travel through
Few will find the narrow gate – Many will find the wide gate.
It is natural to go with the crowd, so we must endure hardship as we go against them.
There must be a new heart, and a new spirit and old things must pass away.
Some find the narrow gate and choose it.
Some pass by the narrow gate through carelessness and don’t think much about it.
Some see it and think they are well enough without the narrow gate.
Some shun the narrow gate.
Although the path is hard and thorns prick us and our walk gets exhausting, remember the gate is not locked. This narrow gate leads to life. It is a comfort to our soul and to our eternal bliss, which shall reconcile us to the differences and inconveniences we face today. One hour in heaven shall make amends for all the highs and lows in this present.
To enter the narrow gate, we must go against the grain, become like children, deny ourselves, put the world off, temptations must be resisted, and duties we don’t want to do must be done. We must walk with care, endure hardships, keep watch at all times, and wrestle with the events of life, both internal and external.
The choice is yours and is clearly set before you. Please don’t lose your focus on the narrow gate, and all it represents to you, a believer.