Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Perhaps it is just that I am getting older and tired, but there is an increasing sense in me that very few are on the right road. Andy Stanley has a very clever set of teachings calling us to be mindful as to which road we are on. Our destination in life and death is not determined by our hopes and prayers but by our decisions, actions and path. Are you actually FOLLOWING Jesus?
In our physical life we know when we turn North we do not arrive at a Southern destination but we do not believe this applies to emotional and spiritual matters. Many are on a path that does not lead to God yet they hope and feel that they will spend eternity with Him.
"Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reap what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." (Galatians 6:7,8).
I see very few people who seem to be on a path towards God and his righteousness. Now, I am not the judge of people's hearts and hence it is up to each of us to test our own decisions, actions and path.
JESUS ON ENTRY
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)
It helps me to understand the world and the destructive behavior of humanity when I am confronted by Jesus' words “ONLY A FEW FIND IT” ---- BUT I ERR WHEN I DIRECT THESE WORDS AT OTHERS AND NOT MYSELF.
v. 23 "Are only a few going to be saved?" --- many still ask this question.
Jesus replies, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door..." (13:24). The phrase "make every effort" (NIV) or "strive" (KJV) is Greek agonizomai, which originally meant "engage in an athletic contest" and then "to fight, struggle." The word is used of wrestling in prayer (Colossians 4:12), and "fighting the good fight" (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7).
- Being on the side of Jesus is not the easy road but the right one.
- It will be a struggle to enter and stay.
- Jesus is gentle and kind but the battle is not!!!
v. 25 “I do not know you or where you come from” - the word “know” is from the Greek root “to regard with favor” - these persons are not in His heart. You have no part in Me.
Why can't they get in? Is the way barred? No, but we know from Jesus' other teaching that entry into the Kingdom of God requires repentance and change. And many, many want the inheritance of the Kingdom, heaven -- so long as it costs them nothing, especially their allegiance and obedience. And so they try to enter, but do not succeed when they learn the cost.
“There will be weeping ...”
“People will come from North, South, East and West … and feast” THAT'S GOOD NEWS.
WHAT'S THE MESSAGE???
Don't take salvation for granted.
The sheep and the goats are divided.
So many will be surprised by who enter.
GET ON THE RIGHT PATH AND STAY THERE.
COME AND FOLLOW ME -- THE DISCIPLES LEFT NETS-- AND U?
ARE YOU SOWING TO THE FLESH OR THE SPIRIT?
SALVATION IS FREE BUT IT WILL COST YOU EVERYTHING.
REMEMBER THE PARABLE OF THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.
Date Added: 2011-11-24
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