Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Does Everyone Go To Heaven Part 2

I love the Sermon on the Mount. When I read it I can't help but think of Jesus pouring out his heart to his children. He has only a short period to instill the values that are so important to him . Can you picture yourself sitting at the Master's feet and hearing the passion in his voice as he shares the values he wants his children to embrace?

Toward the end of this chat Jesus says this;
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matt 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate. It's a gate that is filled with with lots of travelers going the easy way. Now that reminds me of Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan. Christian is a man who needs his burdens lifted so he carries them toward the Celestial city.

"The Holy Way beyond the Cross is fenced in with a high wall on either side. The walls have been erected to force all aspiring Pilgrims to enter the Holy Way in the proper manner, through the Wicket Gate. As Christian is passing along, two men — Formalist and Hypocrisy — climb over the wall and drop down beside him. Christian finds fault with this and gives the wall-jumpers a lecture on the dangers of trying shortcuts. They have been successfully taking shortcuts all their lives, the intruders reply, and all will go well this time.

Not too pleased with his company, Christian proceeds with Hypocrisy and Formalist to the foot of Difficulty Hill, where three paths join and they must make a choice. One path goes straight ahead up the steep slope of the hill; another goes around the base of the hill to the right; the third, around the hill to the left. Christian argues that the right path is the one leading straight ahead up Difficulty Hill. Not liking the prospect of much exertion, Formalist and Hypocrisy decide to take the easier way on the level paths going around the hill. Both get lost and perish."

Cliff Notes for Pilgrims Progress

This is a powerful message that I don't want us to miss. I will be pondering this message today and will meet back here tomorrow.

In Christ Alone,

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jill :) my husband has the book in a packed in the bedroom! I'm excited...getting over a cold, so I'll have time to share w/him. Thanks so much, Ana at Our front Porch....