There are so many who think it doesn’t matter what way you go. There are so many that believe that all roads go to the same place. But that isn’t how it works. The road is straight and gateway or door is narrow. Will you get back on track? Will you stay on track through the doorway? What do you want your destiny or final destination to be?
Today’s reading starts on this very topic and goes like this…
The Narrow Door
(Matthew 7.13, 14, 21-23)
22Jesus went through towns and villages, teaching the people and making his way toward Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, “Sir, will just a few people be saved?”Jesus answered them, 24“Do your best to go in through the narrow door; because many people will surely try to go in but will not be able. 25The master of the house will get up and close the door; then when you stand outside and begin to knock on the door and say, ‘Open the door for us, sir!’ he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from!’ 26Then you will answer, ‘We ate and drank with you; you taught in our town!’ 27But he will say again, ‘I don’t know where you come from. Get away from me, all you wicked people!’ 28How you will cry and gnash your teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, while you are thrown out! 29People will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down at the feast in the Kingdom of God. 30Then those who are now last will be first, and those who are now first will be last.” –from Luke 13
It’s not enough to know about Him. It’s not enough to know the road exists. The key is to start and build a relationship with Jesus. It’s about living a life where He is a part of it. It’s not to late to choose to follow Jesus and to start a relationship with Him.
Jesus’ Love for Jerusalem
31At that same time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “You must get out of here and go somewhere else, because Herod wants to kill you.” 32Jesus answered them, “Go and tell that fox: ‘I am driving out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I shall finish my work.’ 33Yet I must be on my way today, tomorrow, and the next day; it is not right for a prophet to be killed anywhere except in Jerusalem. 34“Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets, you stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me! 35And so your Temple will be abandoned. I assure you that you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord.’” –from Luke 13
Let’s start this day off right. Let’s lift up petitions, prayers, requests and thanksgiving up to God, not just for ourselves, but for all people. Let’s lift up those God has place in authority over us. Let’s life up everyone because it’s God’s desire that everyone will be saved! Jesus gave Himself on the cross that the whole world could be saved and free.
1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; 2for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. 3This is good and it pleases God our Savior, 4who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth. 5For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself to redeem the whole human race. That was the proof at the right time that God wants everyone to be saved, 7and that is why I was sent as an apostle and teacher of the Gentiles, to proclaim the message of faith and truth. I am not lying; I am telling the truth! 8In every church service I want the men to pray, men who are dedicated to God and can lift up their hands in prayer without anger or argument. 9I also want the women to be modest and sensible about their clothes and to dress properly; not with fancy hair styles or with gold ornaments or pearls or expensive dresses, 10but with good deeds, as is proper for women who claim to be religious. 11Women should learn in silence and all humility. 12I do not allow them to teach or to have authority over men; they must keep quiet. 13For Adam was created first, and then Eve. 14And it was not Adam who was deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and broke God’s law. 15But a woman will be saved through having children, if she perseveres in faith and love and holiness, with modesty. –from 1 Timothy 2
Turn to God’s Word for wisdom and direction! Seek Him with all of your heart, all of your strength, and all of your mind! Keep first things first! Be loyal and faithful! Put your trust in God rather than what you think you know, for His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are better than our thoughts. Obey what God tells you and do right! Stay humble for pride comes before the fall. You aren’t smarter than God so don’t think you are smarter than you are. Accept the correction of the Lord, for He corrects those He loves.
Advice to the Young
1My child, don’t forget what I teach you. Always remember what I tell you to do. 2My teaching will give you a long and prosperous life. 3Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart. 4If you do this, both God and people will be pleased with you. 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. 7Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. 8If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains. 9Honor the Lord by making him an offering from the best of all that your land produces. 10If you do, your barns will be filled with grain, and you will have too much wine to store it all. 11My child, when the Lord corrects you, pay close attention and take it as a warning. 12The Lord corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud. 13Happy is anyone who becomes wise—who comes to have understanding. 14There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold. 15Wisdom is more valuable than jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it. 16Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honor. 17Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it. 18Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life.
19The Lord created the earth by his wisdom; by his knowledge he set the sky in place. 20His wisdom caused the rivers to flow and the clouds to give rain to the earth.
21My child, hold on to your wisdom and insight. Never let them get away from you. 22They will provide you with life—a pleasant and happy life. 23You can go safely on your way and never even stumble. 24You will not be afraid when you go to bed, and you will sleep soundly through the night. 25You will not have to worry about sudden disasters, such as come on the wicked like a storm. 26The Lord will keep you safe. He will not let you fall into a trap. 27Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. 28Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now. 29Don’t plan anything that will hurt your neighbors; they live beside you, trusting you. 30Don’t argue with others for no reason when they have never done you any harm. 31Don’t be jealous of violent people or decide to act as they do, 32because the Lord hates people who do evil, but he takes righteous people into his confidence. 33The Lord puts a curse on the homes of the wicked, but blesses the homes of the righteous. 34He has no use for conceited people, but shows favor to those who are humble. 35Wise people will gain an honorable reputation, but stupid people will only add to their own disgrace. –from Proverbs 3