Topic: Living Life
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)
Even though this passage of Scripture is related to Heaven and Hell, I want to talk about there are only two ways to live a life before entering to eternality. One way leads to God and another way leads to the lake of fire. Former President Barak Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Joel Osteen believe that there are many ways to Heaven. However, according to the Bible, there is only one way to Heaven. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Hebrews 1:1-2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds…"
Why does the road to Heaven is so narrow? Does God want everybody to go to His place? Even though God wants everybody enter to His place, He wants us to make decision which way we should live for. Broad way, there are lots of way to live for. But sometimes, it's confusing, because there is no focal point. God wants us to have freedom to live in this planet Earth, but He wants us to focus on our destination.
Psalms 1 addresses that there are only two ways to live in this Earth. Even the world have many religions, there are only two ways for us to live a life. We can live godly or ungodly way and there is no third choice. In the beginning, there was not any type of religion until Satan entered into Garden of Eden to trick the first woman of all creatures, which God had ever made (Genesis 3). Throughout the generations, we see that God's people worshipped pagan gods. Even today, we have many world religions as well as Christian denominations. It is sad that our Christian root has divided into many belief systems. This is why we have many Bible versions. We cannot agree to each other on what God's words said in the Holy Bible. We let Catholic pope dominated the belief system with the Words of God. As a result, some beliefs contains with mixture of paganism in Christian churches, such as Christian holidays (Easter, Halloween, and Christmas). If you'd like to find more information on holidays, you can go to MGJC Web Ministry (www.mgjcweb.org) for more details.
So why does lovely God want us to walk through narrow road to reach the prize?
- We can focus only one goal at a time. If we'd do too much, we'd be miserable because the lack of organization .
- Broad road leads to confusion and dissatisfaction of our lives.
- God wants us to focus in Him, so He can walk with us through difficulties.
Many of you have faced difficulties since the pandemic hits throughout the world. Many of you are stuck in home because of Covid. I know you are tired of being stuck in home, got lay-off from your job, or working your job at home. I know I am. But we must not give our hope down and let the devil beats us up. Instead, it is the time for us to turn our focal point to Jesus.
God planned to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to us to pay our sins, so we can have free access and have personal relationship with Him. Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God. If you’d need further assistance, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my ministries website at www.mgjcweb.org for further resources.