Football placekickers understand the importance of kicking the ball straight through the uprights. If they are in a pressure situation, their kick can determine the outcome of the entire game.
In Facing the Giants, one of the coaches helped the placekicker see the importance beyond scoring points. He said, you don’t want to kick wide right or wide left; you want to kick straight down the middle.
Scripture says narrow is the way to heaven, not the wide road.
Luke shares how Jesus calls us to take the narrow path or door instead of the wide one. He says,
“Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”Luke 13:24
Life has many twists and turns, along with many divergent paths. The wide road offers comfort and even safety; whereas, the narrow road offers adventure.
As a trail runner, I love the single track. The terrain varies, and you never know when you might encounter an unexpected tree route, creek crossing, or a steep ascent.
With a fire road, you usually can see quite far ahead and it offers a bit more of the same.
The Christian life is adventurous, exciting, and full of the unknown. Jesus said some would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
When you take the easy path, you miss the adventure that awaits, just like in our Christian life. The Lord did not promise an “easy” life once you become a believer.
He promised He would be with you.
Our goal should be to help people enter the Kingdom of Heaven – the narrow way.
If we love our friends, neighbors, and family don’t we want them to be with us in Heaven? I do.
Today, take a few minutes to pray the names of those who you would like to see come to faith and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Petition the Lord, and ask Him to use you to help them become believers.
Prayer: Lord, I want to see my friends and colleagues come to know You. Please use me to help shape their eternity, and I ask you to call them to Yourself. Amen!