Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 29)
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it...
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Matthew 7:13-14,21-23 (NKJV)
On earth, Jesus chose to walk a narrow, high and hard path. He rose on a narrow, high and hard Cross. His instructions to us? 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me' (Luke 9:23).
Did the Son of God intend American Christians to give up security and prosperity? Certainly not. But He did intend revelation; security and prosperity aren't found in rule following, church positions or great possessions. They're found in Him alone. His conversation with the rich young ruler proves it.*
But as a group, do American Christians show the world a new kind of savior? This savior travels in style on a wide lane called abundance. While he claims to walk with Jesus in narrow paths, he aims to fly in private jets to vast cities. While he's supposed to be an uncommon exception to modern rulers, he supposes himself to be a modern ruler with exceptional righteousness.
In all of this, how are we following Jesus?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Praise God if your path isn't easy. Praise God if you face tough decisions. Praise God if critics rise against you. Praise God if He rubs you hard to shine. Praise God if you have to sacrifice. Because narrow, high and hard are good.
This journey takes you to an amazing place: right behind Jesus in lifestyle and right in front of His great return.
So be like John the Baptist: Be 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight' ' (Mark 1:3). Be His 21st century communicators.
Because the enemy has confused insiders and outsiders. Your role is to lead them both. If you're following Jesus, and they're following you, Truth will be found.
To Be Continued...
* Jesus Counsels the Rich, Young Ruler: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+19%3A16-22&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.