I have what I personally call ‘God Speaks’ moments. These are times when I receive a word from God that is clear and direct and I know that I know that I know that it is straight from God to me.
The other morning, I woke up to a ‘God Speaks.’ It was clear and direct and He said ‘Strait and narrow.’
I walked into the bathroom meditating on ‘Strait and narrow.’ Why was God telling me ‘Strait and narrow?’ Then I reflected on Jesus’ words from Matthew 7:13-14 KJV.
“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.”
Strait in this context means narrow. Therefore the NIV reads:
“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.”
That was when it dawned on me that God was trying to get my attention regarding my writing ministry and my love walk.
Prior to this particular ‘God Speaks’ moment, I had been ‘Christian blog surfing.’ This is when I spend time browsing through various Christian blogs to get encouraged by the Word of God. However, in the process of getting edified, I also analyze writing styles, blog presentations, themes, writing topics, genres etc. And yes, I must confess, I also compare blogs to mine.
I also had houseguests and hospitality does not come naturally to my flesh. As a pre-teen/teenager living in a dormitory in boarding school, I used to make my bed and put a ‘DO NOT SIT’ sign on it. My flesh’s idea of personal space is HUGE. But the bible clearly instructs us to put off the flesh and put on the Spirit (Ephesians 4:22-24, Galatians 5:16-18, Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:10, Colossians 2:11).
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has been teaching me to walk in love ALL the time even when I do not feel like it, which means to be kind and hospitable to my guests. However, I was beginning to get weary in well doing.
So on awakening, God got my attention with a STOP sign.
He reminded me of His command to walk in love (John 13:34-35, John 15:12) and He was basically warning me to stay true to my call and not get tempted to tweak His message in attempt to get into the Christian blogging community and increase my ‘following.’
There’s NO room for compromise in our walk with the Lord. No room to sway to the right or to the left. We must keep a close watch on how we live our lives and stay true to God’s call on our lives (1 Timothy 4:16). The broad way is the convenient way of the flesh but the narrow way is the way of God marked by love, holiness and purity. The bible clearly states that “if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” Therefore, the broad way is the way of death while the narrow way leads to the life eternal.
We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and be careful to obey ALL that he has commanded us (Hebrews 12:2, Deuteronomy 6:25).
I quickly repented of my offenses and got back on the strait and narrow path because I love God and it is my heart’s desire to please Him above all else.
What does the instruction to enter through the narrow gate mean to you?
Is God asking you to commit your life fully to Him, walk in love, forgive someone, quit gossiping, slandering and back biting, mind your language, dress modestly, witness to someone ……? The list is endless.
My prayer for you is that you wake up daily and make the conscious decision to live life God’s way in every situation because Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. To do so is to remain daily on the strait and narrow way.