"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matt 7:13-14
The Lord never promised that following him would be easy, picturesque or a smooth path lined with flowers. He never said there would not be bumps in the road, storms or threats. He never said that you would not stumble. And he never said that the journey would not sometimes seem lonely. In fact, he said that the path would sometimes be arduous. Speaking to us as citizens of heaven rather than that of the world, he said, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you." John 15:19
Beloved, this does not sound like a very good ad campaign for Christianity, but it is an honest one. If a person can accept this then it is certainly worth knowing that it is a path that leads to everlasting joy. It is a path that we will never walk alone because he is ever with us. If and when we stumble, he will be there to pick us up, dust us off and encourage us along the way. The eternally fantastic news is that on the other side of the gate is where we will see God. Let us choose the correct path, discipline ourselves to remain upon it and persevere through all obstacles to make to the journey's end. Nothing will ever be more rewarding.
Rejoicing in the Lord,