“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” -Matthew 7:13
Oh that wide, easy, destructive route. I have traveled along it many times. Actually if that road had a traffic operator…yea, that was probably me. From my teenage years until God pulled me out of the pit I dug for myself, I was riding along that road in style and taking whoever was around with me.
If you have led a chaotic B.C. (before Christ) life though, there is something amazing about when you finally emerge from the muck. Things just look different. What was fun, looks wicked now. What was a good time, makes you cringe. The problem is when you keep looking around and everyone you were cruising down that road with…didn’t change. That’s when things get a little tricky.
The relationships I had began to suffer. The road split for me, and I started down the narrow one. And they didn’t. Now, you can try and take those people down that road with you;I did. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out how you hoped, and like Pastor Byron said on Sunday, the message that leads us down this narrow road can be offensive. It’s in your face, counter cultural and comes at a cost. I felt that cost. People started to think something was wrong with me. The stuff I was saying now was divisive. It wasn’t “cool” or “accepting” and people started to tell me. But let me remind you of something today…
It’s okay for people to not like you or what you’re saying. Really, it is.
In Luke 12 Jesus tells us, “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”
It can be so easy to compromise a bit of the gospel to fit into where our culture is going. Deep down there are times I want to. I want what is wrong to be right, because sometimes it would just be so much easier for us and certainty less painful! But as followers of Christ we must accept the fact that we are different and continue to walk in his footsteps even if the world around us is trying its best to pull us away.
So let’s ask ourselves today…are we compromising? Are we keeping quiet when we should be speaking out? Are we simply sidelining it so people like us? Have we become okay with this worldly view of who Jesus was and how accepting of sin people have made him out to be?
Can I encourage you today to seek His approval instead of man’s (Galatians 1:10)…and when you feel that fire in your belly to stand up for what you know is right according to scripture, do it.
Let’s keep following our Leader. If it means we lose friends, get ostracized or people simply don’t like us, that’s okay. It’s worth it. Because, friends, LIFE is what we are after, right? ‘Hope, Joy, Strength, Grace…here and for eternity.’
To view the sermon that inspired this post, go here
by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.