Living the values of heaven 3

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Matthew 7:13-14

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

The challenge of kingdom choices

It can be hard to leave the flow of the popular main road for what seems like an isolated track – until it becomes apparent that the main road is a bypass.

Matt. 7:13-14
“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.

EVERY day is full of choices – we all face them. Most people juggle their choices without being conscious of them – which socks today, how to beat the traffic, what to get out of the freezer for supper.

Then there are more important choices – college or university courses, career steps, that off-the-beaten-track holiday. And the middle-class ones – where is the best neighbourhood to live, near the right schools.

Choices about values are hardly more considered for many people – and that’s the difference. Once Jesus comes into our lives, the values we hold, like moral choices and ethical decisions, and the choices we make in our various relationships, become priorities. The Holy Spirit sharpens our sense of conscience.

This is what Jesus is pointing out. Living the kingdom life is not austerity and it’s not a life of rules. But it is a life of Holy Spirit guidance – and that’s far from dull because He will often challenge us to go a different route from the way the crowd is going.

Away from the crowd can be hard: being one of the crowd is what we want at first – it feels like acceptance. But it doesn’t take a lot of thought to realise that the crowd isn’t always right. The way of the crowd is actually highly fallible.

The way that leads to life – and peace and fulfilment – is often the result of having enough courage to make a “narrow way” decision.

CHECK IT OUT

  • Recall an instance of weighing up a choice where the popular route did not feel like the right one.
  • How has God helped you make choices for Him?
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