For Lord’s Day, May 10, 2015
At our Homemakers Movie Night last month, something really stood out to me as helpful for our own Christian Pilgrimage that I’d like to review with you. In the modern retelling of Pilgrim’s Progress, “Journey to Heaven”, a great pearl of wisdom was shared for how to make morally sound and safe choices that steer clear of temptation’s potholes.
While Christian regained his footing toward the Celestial city after getting lost and nearly dying several times along broader roads, he asked, “How will I know which way to go?” He was answered, “You will always know which way to go. It will always be the narrow way.”
This is such a simple and important principle for our sanctified survival, brethren: when you need to choose what to do, don’t do what everyone else does or says to do. You will always know which way to go. It will always be the narrow way.
Satan will constantly tempt you to leave God’s path of walking with Jesus. He will never cease to present you with an alluring alternative where majority rules. Two ways will always stare you in the face. One will be well-worn by many a worldly boot. Satan says, “Go that way!” and you will want to. Myriad crowds rush by to get ahead of you and spin through its turnstiles. You would be going with the flow — but at the end of the road it spills over a cliff into hot liquid rock.
Jesus says, “I am the Way” (John 14:6). Very few find or follow Him. And many who say they do prove instead to be driving by the world’s roadmap because they hug the same curves, pack the same bags, and talk about the same points of interest as they hang out at the same rest stops.
Choosing which way to go is not a complicated decision. But it is a hard one. Yet it is the right one. When you follow the Light, in stead of walking with the living dead your feet will be in step with those who live forever at the Resurrection. Jesus says:
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. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Don’t let the Serpent seduce you. You always will know which way to step if you are soberly and spiritually seeking first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Look for the narrow way. Look for the path that is least traveled and of the greatest resistance. That is always the way to go! Whatever ethical choice you face in this life, always look for the small but sincere line of advancing and always go that way.
Don’t trick yourself into saying, “I don’t know what to do! I don’t know where to turn!” Yes you do, Pilgrim. The decision is always clear. There are two choices: one is sinful and one is Biblical. You will always know for sure what to do. If at times your eyes strain a bit when the sky grows dim and the air thickens around you, simply ask, “What are most people doing?” and then do the opposite. Listen to which way the the multitudes are trotting and let them leave you in their dust. Watch which way the masses point and let them wag their fingers at you as you solemnly wave goodbye and turn around to go the other direction. You will always know which way to go. It will always be the narrow way.
Follow the footprints of Noah and Enoch! Walk with the wise and you will find even along the way that you have chosen wisely and are becoming wiser (Proverb 13:20). Beloved, your gait will quicken when you lighten your load and begin to hear the cloud of witnesses that chose this same path earlier on now cheering you on (Hebrews 12:1). They will be worshipping with you tomorrow in God’s heavenly throne room, where Jesus will remind you that in truth you are never traveling alone (Hebrews 13:5).