Words Jesus might have spoken

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

Words Jesus actually said:

13. “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.
14. 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

What if Jesus was speaking of this life? Many will and have entered the next one, but it seems few find the “abundant life” here. The joy, peace kindness and genuine goodness called fruit of the Spirit often escape our grasps as we reach for another rung of the proverbial ladder. We are more than willing to have God confer or bless us with the good life, but our experience tells us it does not work this way. Jesus tells us to, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matt 6:33.

Whatever this involves, it certainly involves our highest priority and attention. Maybe as Mr. Twain states, we are simply distracted by doing what everyone else is doing. Jesus is not being mean-spirited or withholding the good stuff from us. Rather, he is always encouraging us to choose life. I must continually ask myself what that looks like when I get out of bed in the morning and prepare to go on my merry way. We must see it as possible and desirable to seek the kingdom at work, school or play. It is not really a matter of where, it involves perspective; can we see Jesus entering into our daily grind with us and live in the fullness of life right where we are? This becomes our adventure, seeking Him in ALL I do and expecting that He will actually show up. This would quickly put you and I on the narrow path with the minority opinion.

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About Rick McMichael

BA. Biola University, MDiv. Talbot school of theology many moons ago...really does not matter....school just provided tools to keep digging, asking, seeking, knocking. I see thinking as a daily excercise. Albert Einstein said, " I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious". I am no Einstein but my little brain still buzzes around at the speed of light :)
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