I remember this play we were going to do at church one time.
It was entitled Guilty Christian.
The premise of the play was that a teenage girl was put on trial for being a Christian. At first, the girl vehemently denied being a Christian because she did not want to be convicted. However, when the judge gave her a not guilty verdict the girl realized what she had done. She started saying, “No, wait! I’m a Christian! I’m guilty!” Of course by this time it was too late. The judge had already handed out his verdict.
My church, The Church Revived, is sponsoring a discipleship group called The Damascus Road Encounter. At first I didn’t want to sign up, but I did because I felt compelled to do so.
I am not the same person, okay? Like Paul, the scales have fallen out of my eyes. I had a real encounter with Jesus Christ, so I walked away different. It’s inevitable.
My goal now is to daily renew my mind, so I can look more and more like Christ.
I’m coming to find out that what the Bible says is true:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
If I’m looking more like Christ, then I’m looking less and less like the world. This may seem like an elementary concept, but it’s hard to master.
Try swimming upstream for a few minutes. It’ll take the wind out of you. However, what if you knew that going with the current would lead you straight to a waterfall?
Jesus was warning us that the road is narrow because He knew we would be looking around going, “Wait a minute. That road over there is a lot roomier…why can’t I go that way?”
Of course that road is broader because it has a lot more foot traffic.
Following Christ is a choice.
The narrow road might be a bit more difficult, but the destination is worth it.