Through the Gate

Daily reading: Matthew 7:13-14 & Acts 8: 26-38
Wednesday May 10, 2017

Focus scripture: Go in through the narrow gate.  The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road is wide, so many people enter through it.  But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

The road of faith is challenging.  It calls us to let go of the things of the world that enslave us and lead us to believing in their empty promises.  It is hard to let go.

In spring we go through the process of spring cleaning and for many of us that means letting go of the physical items in our homes that no longer are useful.  I find that this process itself while it can be liberating is also challenging.  Letting go can be hard.

The story of the early church is a story of moving into a new place where they had to let go of a life of discipleship with Jesus leading them in the flesh, to living a life of faithfulness with the Spirit’s promptings.  I can only imagine how challenging that had to be for them.

Have you sought out the narrow gate?  What does it look like for you?  What might you have to unload in order to get through it?  Might you need to unpack negative thoughts? Or a practice of judging others and not fully listening?  Might you need to let go of your unrealistic expectations?

Compliment your spring cleaning with a spiritual spring cleaning.  Let go of the things that keep you from fully living.

Prayer:  God, show me the way forward in faithfulness.  Amen.


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