Matthew 7:13-14 GW “Enter through the narrow gate because the gate and road that lead to destruction are wide. Many enter through the wide gate. But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.”
At work, there is a narrow ‘half’ door that goes from the waiting room to the reception area. I usually go down the hall, to my office which leads into the reception area because the narrow door is awkward to go through. I’m sure there was a purpose for that door, but it’s rarely used because of it’s size. It is however a fast track to turn off the alarm system in the morning. Still, it’s easier to go the longer route, put my bag and purse in the chair, then go turn off the alarm. Perhaps if I weren’t carrying so much on my arm in the morning, I could get through the door easier.
Funny how God shows things to me. It seems that what hinders me from entering the narrow door are the things I carry with me. Less of me, more of you, Lord. We get into habits sometimes that hinder our effectiveness in the Kingdom of God. I know, it’s just a silly demonstration but when you compare it to the things we do daily, things we carry that we shouldn’t, attitudes, feelings, emotions, religious ideas, all things we’ve carried for so long that they have become a part of us.
The Lord has recently shown me some areas I have been harboring unforgiveness in. I thought I’d let that go, forgiven them, but God showed me that ‘forgetting’ doesn’t mean forgiven. The only way that happens is when you pray blessings on them and mean it. I was simply glad to not have them in my life anymore as a reminder of that hurt but God wasn’t satisfied with that. He wanted me to bless them. Narrow door. So I lay hold of the very root of offense that had stubbornly stayed in my heart and poured the Love of God on it. Now when I remember, I bless with the freedom that only God can give.
Father, I don’t want to be restricted by what I carry anymore so I lay it down. I’d rather enter the narrow gate bruised and broken than take the long way buried beneath a weight I was never meant to carry. You said that the way to life is full of trouble, but if there’s only room for one on that path and you’re in me, I will travel there gladly, in the light of your glory and grace. Your love for me causes me to overflow with love to others, so here we go! Crossing the threshold of that narrow gate that leads to you, my final destination and my prize.