Monday, June 15
Apostles' Creed Focus
“and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord”
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. - Matthew 7:13-14
Have you ever accidentally turned onto a one-way road going the wrong direction? For those of you that have, it’s immediately frightening isn’t it? You are the only car facing your direction. The large red sign that reads WRONG WAY in bold white lettering almost makes you feel as if someone is shouting at you. There’s this intense urge to change your course quickly before you collide with another car going the right way.
As immediately threatening as this feeling is, a lot of us never feel that same type of urgency when we think about what happens at the end of our lives. What is the “right way” when it comes to eternal life? All too often these questions take a back seat to the things that demand our attention today, but Matthew 7:13-14 answers with gravity and importance. The road that leads to life is small and its path isn’t tread by many. The road to destruction on the other hand, is huge and entered by the masses! If any road is worn down and well tread, it’s this one. When Jesus speaks in this passage he is stating that he himself is the narrow gate. He is the only option in being given an eternally abundant life. There are no detours, there are no short-cut, and there’s no secret driveway that still leads to God in the end. Jesus is the only sufficient savior we can turn to that leads to eternal life.
Jesus loves us enough to tell us we are going the wrong way and offers salvation through his atoning sacrifice on the cross. Even when we follow Jesus, there’s still times when we stumble, look back, and think about the wide path we left. However, God is quick to forgive and is willingly able to sanctify us throughout our life journey.
Where are you at today? Are you wondering what path to choose? Maybe you’ve found the narrow path, but there are times you’ve struggled to continue to walk in a healthy manner. Remind yourself that Jesus is always willing to lead you in the proper direction.
Thank you Jesus that while we were still sinners, you died for us. Even as we strayed away, you delivered us from our sin. Your road is worth following because you are a worthy savior. I know I am quick to forget, so God please remind me that following in your footsteps is the best path for my life.
Verses for Further Reflection
Romans 3:10-26, Matthew 7:21-23
Take this devotional a step further and share it with the children or students that you are intentionally discipling each week.
Imagine a big box of crayons. Not just the 8-pack or the 16-pack. Picture the 96-pack - the giant box with the sharpener on the back. What if your teacher told you to find the red crayon to color something? She warns you not to use any other color. You're not so crazy about plain old red. There's red-orange, violet-red, and fuchsia. They seem close enough to you. But if you use one of those, would you be using the right color? There's only one way to get an A - the teacher's way. She created the assignment; she makes the rules. Even though there are 95 other colors, only one is the right one.
The crayons can help us to understand why the gate in Matthew 7 is large and the road is wide that leads to destruction. The wrong beliefs about God and heaven are like the 95 other colors of crayons. There are so many other choices, but none of them will meet the teacher's requirement. There is only one red crayon. Only that one is the acceptable way to get an A. What if Johnny thought the teacher said to use orange? He may believe with all his heart it is the right color, but his belief in the wrong thing does not make it true. And what if Susie believes that using any color will work? Unless she uses red, Susie will miss the mark.
There are MANY ways that do NOT lead to heaven and only ONE way that does lead to a relationship with God. Pray and thank Him that He has provided the ONE way for you to spend eternity with Him in heaven.