Jan 27 2015

Verse for the Day: Matthew 7:13-14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV)

One of many things I love is being outdoors especially in the high country or other remote areas where the trails are few, the wildlife is abundant, the streams and lakes are full of fish, and God’s amazing beauty is all around me. For those of you who love to hunt, hike, adventure and spend time in the great outdoors you have probably experienced a few of those moments when you find or discover a trail that very few people have discovered or traveled. Or maybe they do know about it but feel they would have to put out too much effort to follow it. So they stay on the wide, easy, well beaten path and never discover or realize the amazing beauty and majesty that awaits them if only they had chosen the narrow path.   

Just above our cabin in Colorado there are many different types and kinds of trails and roads people like to travel. There are those that are wide and can be traveled with two wheel drive vehicles and many people throughout the summer follow them. There are roads that are slightly narrower but require a four wheel drive vehicle but are still easily traveled by many. Then you have restricted trails that limit the width of a vehicle to less than 50” in order to travel on them; but still many will follow them. Then you have the hiking trails which can only be traveled afoot so the number of people becomes even fewer.  And the last and least traveled trails are those that go unnoticed by most. They are narrow and sometimes even hidden paths that go un-noticed to the untrained eye. But once found and discovered they lead to some of the most amazing beauty you will ever find.

As I think and reflect on today’s scripture from Matthew I am once again reminded that there is only one road and one way home and that road leads us to the cross were Jesus paid it all; that we might have a way back to our final home with Him. John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. I believe with all my heart, soul and mind there is only one way Home and Jesus is that way Home. But too often in life, like the roads, trails and paths above our cabin, we find ourselves choosing the easier path or passing up and missing the real hidden treasures found on the narrow path. 

There is no doubt that you can find beauty, peace, happiness and many other amazing things in life regardless of what road you travel; but are they the best? And will they last? Are they the path and purpose God truly wants for your life? In one of Oswald Chambers’s devotions he states it like this: “Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it—something good, but not what is best.” 

In my early years growing up in the outdoors hunting I usually stayed on the well-traveled trails and known roads, because of my uncertainty and lack of knowledge of the best way to hunt. The problem with that was many other hunters also traveled those same trails and the hunting wasn’t always that good. As I grew older and spent more time in the outdoors, I learned what to look for. I found those hidden signs and unnoticed trails missed by most and they lead me to the best hunting opportunities and greater success. 

The same is true with my spiritual walk with the Lord. As I have grown wiser and more mature in my walk with the Lord, I have learned to find, seek and travel those paths that help me to be draw closer to God and, in turn, He draws closer to me. I have a saying written on my white board at work that says: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Like my early days growing up in the outdoors hunting, I was alright with any road or path as long as I was hunting, but I soon learned it wasn’t the best way to hunt. And the same was true with my spiritual walk with the Lord. I thought as long as I was doing anything religious I was doing ok. But that has changed now that I know there is something better than just the status quo.   

So what kind of roads or paths are you currently traveling or seeking today? Is it a path called success, self-indulgent, greed, lust, self-centeredness, apathy, impatience or something else? You see any path that takes our eyes off Christ and our final Home called Heaven is a path that could and will “lead to destruction” if we don’t correct our course. We have to be diligent in our search for God’s narrow road for our life. Satan wants you to believe that “any road will get you there.” That’s why we must be equipped, prepared and trained to know the difference between the easy widely traveled roads and God’s narrow road that “leads to life”. 

If you have never discovered God’s path for your life I pray you will seek Him today. If you need help getting started on the right path, let us help by calling the church office at (505) 334-6524 or find a church home close to you and allow them to come along side you in your walk Home as you travel this journey called life.