I never realized how hard it could be to navigate the world once I was saved. In the beginning things are usually easy but when you live in this world long enough, it has a tendency to try and change you. Slowly, lying becomes a daily routine, anger, jealousy, selfishness the norm. Its just the way the world works which is so different from God’s kingdom which is built on sacrifice, the most important sacrifice of all time through Jesus Christ. God’s Kingdom is, guided by the fruits of the Holy Spirit that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control; yet in the world, faith is an idea of fables and love an unknown word in many men’s hearts.
This world thrives on pride, judging, selfishness, greed, in addition to that it rewards those who walk in line with its fruits. When you walk in the fruits of this world the further you get to God for the Lord searches men’s hearts (Proverbs 5:21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths). But the moment when you choose to surrender and obey God, it almost always feels like a bag of suffering was dumped at your door. Its because God commands us to do the opposite of what the world does and to stick to the narrow gate that few will walk through (Matthew 7:13-14).
13. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only few find it.”Matthew 7:13-14
I can honestly tell you that the narrow gate can get tough at times, for there are many troubles that you are bound to face when obeying God, from betrayal, insults, hatred etc. just as Jesus faced. Because of this many end up twisting the word of God to fit their situations to avoid facing the agonizing truth in their own mind. Sadly, because of this many end up deeper in sin and further from God that even the difference between right and wrong is hardly visible.
But this is a reminder to not to follow the wide road but to stick to God and His word, He will guide you through this world by His Spirit. God’s word has promised to provide for us and to make a way out for us when we are tempted and God through His Spirit will help us overcome all things despite our weaknesses. The truth is God’s word is alive till today and if many sought it they would find true freedom, freedom from sin and death, freedom that is not without pain and suffering but even in suffering we are assured that God will never leave us or forsake us. And that freedom is better than what this world can offer. We should focus on our end goal which is heaven and that is an assured promise a greater reward than anything anyone could ever receive from this world.