But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it. –Matthew 7:14
Following God means walking the “narrow road.” It means facing adversity. Here are several things I’ve learned that help me to keep going.
- God’s word is a border for my life. As long as I stay within the guidelines laid out in scripture, I’ll have wisdom and understanding to know what I need to do and have what I need, in Christ, to do it. God is faithful and true to His Word.
- I have to be willing to finish what I start. God uses committed people who aren’t led by emotion. It’s easy to be excited in the beginning when something is new, but the ones who cross the finish line are the ones who hang in there when no one else is excited anymore.
- When no one is there to help me, I get to know Jesus really well. The narrow road of living for God and not conforming to the ways of the world is often lonely. But the trade-off of gaining real intimacy with Christ is worth more than anything you could ever get from the world.
I believe these truths can help you like they’ve helped me. Always remember that even though there will be opposition, the rewards of walking the narrow path are absolutely worth it.
From the book “Promises for our everyday lives”