Epistles to the Cyberchurch - Su Min

To: All
From: Su Min
Subject: Narrow Gate

Beloved, Read today Matt 7: 13-14 and hear Jesus speak directly to you.

Most of us intuitively know the difference between light and dark, good and bad, right and wrong. Yet try as we might, by our own strength we fail to stay in the light. So easily we slip into darkness. We want to do good but we end up doing bad. We want to be right but so often we end up wrong. Even the prodigal son, who was born into a wealthy family, got lured away to the bright city lights and wandered off the straight and narrow. Many enter the wide gate to the broad road that lead to destruction. Few enter the small gate to the narrow road that leads to life.

We want to gain eternal life, but without guidance we plunge into destruction. This sinfulness is an innate part of fallen man... What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? (Rom 7:24)

John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus. His message was "Repent, for the kingdom of God is near. (Matt 3:2)" After His temptation, Jesus began to preach "Repent, for the kingdom of God is near. (Matt 4:17)" Jesus knows that unless we have a change of heart, we can not have a change of direction. The human mortal earthly heart is fixed on things temporal. "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matt 6:33). "Repent, for the kingdom of God is near. (Mat 3:2)"
How do we find the narrow gate? How do we stay on the straight and narrow road?
We turn to Jesus.

When we realise that we are poor in spirit we will be blessed. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will be filled. Confessing with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" must be accompanied by the surrender of the lordship of our own lives to the Lord of Lords. No longer is it "My will be done", but Thy will be done". Jesus is Saviour. Yes. But He can only save us if we are willing to accept Him as Lord.

Once we have accepted Jesus as Lord, once we are through the small and narrow gate, is it smooth sailing? The father of all lies would have us believe that it is so. Once we let our guard down.. wham! we get zapped. Be warned. "Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm (Eph 6:11-12)" Do read Eph 6:13-18 which elaborates on the armour of God. The Amplified version is especially elucidating.

Salvation is assured, but there is the need to consistently guard against temptation and persistently work towards holiness.

Being a follower does not exempt us from temptation. Jesus teaches us "Watch and pray so that you do not fall into temptation (Matt 26:41).

The call to perseverance is clearly recorded in Hebrews 10: 19-39. I will quote the last verse...But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

Jesus says, "If anyone would come after me , he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me".

To avoid trouble we must avoid unwholesome company and unwholesome entertainment. Instinctively we know what that is. If there is a doubt, avoid it. We must deepen our spiritual walk, hunger for the Word of God, read it, study it, memorise it, meditate upon it. We must worship God in private and in corporate worship. We should love the Lord with all our soul and all our heart and all our mind. And we should love our neighbours as ourselves. Then we have successfully entered the small gate. Then we have firmly set our feet on the narrow road. The path is not easy. It climbs steadily upwards. But it leads us to life. Jesus walks with us every step of the way. He is ready to steady us if we stumble, comfort us if we fall, bind our wounds, set us to rest, then journey again with us when we recover. What a loving Master, the Good Shepherd who looks after His sheep.

Let us close in prayer

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