In Part 1 we looked at the choice: The wide gate or the narrow gate. The former leads to destruction and the latter to life eternal. I suggested that a number of people choose the wide gate and travel the broad road because they have become like Eve in Genesis 3, convinced it does not really end in destruction. Both were/are deceived.
In Part 2, we looked at some of the reasons people struggle and often abandon their effort while traveling the narrow road. The problem is not the road, the challenge is with us – we need to transform and mature and become better travelers.
Part 3: So what do we do while on this road to counter the struggles we all face during the journey: We Strive!
In Luke 13, Jesus summed it up this way: we are to strive - ‘make every effort’ or ‘work hard’(the word is also translated ‘fight’ or 'toil') - to enter in at the narrow gate because at some point the gate will shut and no one else will be allowed to enter (v. 25). Many will assume they belong inside because of their deeds and associations (v. 26) but the Master will reply, “I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!” (v.27)
So what do we strive to do? Below is a shortlist each of the responsibilities we do daily.
Strive to study the word of God: (2 Timothy 2:15) we are to be workmen of the word of God, able to read, understand and follow the road signs.
Exercise self-control in all things: (1 Corinthians 9:25) The journey tests our resolve and endurance to strive for peace with others and holiness for ourselves (Hebrews 12:14).
Proclaim Christ: (Colossians 1:29 “For this I toil”). We encounter lots of travelers moving in the wrong direction or broken down on the side of the road. Make every effort to make known Christ to others.
Pray: Strive for others in prayer (Colossians 4:12) that they may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
Enter into God’s rest: ceasing from our own ways (which lead to breakdowns) and following God in his. (Hebrews 4:11)
Fight the good fight of the faith: (1 Tim 6:12) Others will try to convince us we are the ones traveling in the wrong direction and missing out in this life. The eternal life to which you were called pulls us along the right road.
Finish strong: Don’t give up or stop until you reach the end. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Tim 4:7)
STC: No matter where you are on the road one goal of the journey is encounter – to meet and help others on their journey. The more we engage the more meaningful, prosperous, fruitful, glorifying, uplifting the journey is and the more Christ-like we become.
There are only two ways to go in this life; Jesus Christ and the narrow road to life or the broad road to destruction.
Everything else is a distraction.
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