The Wide Road and The Narrow Road

“You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The [road that leads to destruction]ESV* is broad, and it’s gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NLT    *[highway to hell] NLT

I have become convinced that the wide and the narrow roads that Jesus talks about are not in regards to sin per se, but about our response to sin. The Wide Road experiences sin in shame and condemnation and out of that experience works to rid itself of sin. The Wide Road is where we put in good works and our own efforts to try and make ourselves right with God.

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The Way of Grace

I’ve just written a new Capturing God’s Heart over at our Capturing Courage site – you can find it HERE – about accepting grace and remaining in grace.

Now grace is a tricky thing. What is it really and how do we know we have it?

The best I can do is paint a picture of the kind of life that has not found grace and the kind of life that has.

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Against Us?

God does not hold our sin against us.

Do we get this?

God does not hold our sin against us. 

We hold our sin against us!

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Cancelling Equations

The hardest thing about life in Christ can be the grace.

We say we want grace, accept it and all, but often our lives reveal just the opposite.

We grumble when others get a break – We never had one!

We impose the same restrictions we knew – It’s the way it works after all!

We condemn mistakes – We had to pay the price!

But let me ask you – what if Christ wants to give a fresh break? What if Christ wants to bless beyond what is deserved? What if Christ has freedom regardless of what’s been done wrong?

How would that make you feel?

If it was for another? If it was for your enemy? If it was for yourself?

When others get what we never got, our insides can seethe with disdain and bitterness. In this we make those ones into enemies. We step outside of mercy and grace and into judgment and condemnation.

Worst of all, it’s us who pay the biggest price. Our insides become eaten up as though a horde of cockroaches has moved in.

We are prickly, we jump at anything too easy, we can’t give a helping hand, and we cannot enter in to what the Lord might have in us, or through us.

It’s all got to be done according to our equations of how life works. We forget, that God changed the equations.

What equations might God want to dismantle in your heart and mind?

What equations might you stop holding over others?

“to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24