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The Narrow Way

30 Oct

In Matthew 7:14 Jesus said the way is narrow.  It’s a way that isn’t easy and it takes a person who selflessly serves to travel it. It truly is a way that goes against the flow of the community I, and you, live in.  I’d like to share something I read the other day with you:

Most of the messages we receive are about how to make life easier. The call of Jesus goes the other direction: it’s about making our lives more difficult.  It is going out of our way to be more generous and disciplined and loving and free.  It is refusing to escape and become numb to and check out of this broken, fractured world.”

The journey we are on does have a cost and requires all we have.  I encourage you to think on the words above and perhaps in a day or so share your thoughts of what the words are saying to you by leaving a comment.

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5 Comments

Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Reflection

 

5 responses to “The Narrow Way

  1. christie

    November 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Unfortunately, we do “check out” in some ways to avoid hurt by those we love or at least like. It’s easier to lower your expectations than to remain sensitive. Many times we’ve checked out and don’t realize it. I guess we have to ask God to keep us open to the things He wants to show us. Being available to Him must be the answer. Then he can show us what he chooses.

     
  2. Mat

    November 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    In the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer…Accepting Jesus costs us nothing, but following Jesus (accepting the call to discipleship) costs us everything.

     
  3. Mat

    November 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    One more quote that I thought of while meditating on these words is from Irenaeus.

    “He became what we are so that we could become what He is.”

    Even though this was spoken thousands of years ago, this is the challenge that authentic followers of Christ face in the 21st century. Becoming what he is does not make life easier, but it costs us everything. He didn’t check out from this broken, fractured world and neither can we.

     
    • Mark

      November 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      Why does it seem that we always tend to go the way of that which is easier? Do you think that it’s partly because that is what we’ve been taught most of our lives in our churches. The consumer mentality where I need to have my needs met. I want to get to the place where I see the needs of others before my own and help lead my family in that direction as well.

       
      • Mat

        November 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

        Mark,
        I would agree with you entirely. I think this is what we’re taught from an early age. We must take care of ourselves. We must be independent. We must look out for number 1. And that message is at odds with Jesus’ message of the Gospel. We often take care of our own wants before even considering others’ needs. At times we intentionally set up our schedule so that we do not have to hear about the needs of others. And by doing so, we end up living in the luxury of ignorance. As long as I don’t know that my neighbor is suffering, I’m not responsible for them.

        Christian theologian James Cone says, “God has made the oppressed condition God’s own condition. This is the essence of the Biblical revelation. By electing Israelite slaves as the people of God and by becoming the Oppressed One in Jesus Christ, the human race is made to understand that God is known where human beings experience humiliation and suffering……Liberation is not an afterthought, but the very essence of divine activity.”

        Following Christ is truly about loving our neighbor as oursleves especially those who are suffering and oppressed. And by doing so, God transforms us into who we are called to be. It’s not easy, but then again neither is going to a cross.

         

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