The Narrow Path

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Today’s Scripture: Matthew 7

Walking with my dog is one of the greatest joys in my life. When we go for our walk, there our two paths that we can take. One path is narrow and the other path is wide and open.

The first path is a country block which stretches about four miles. The path at the side of the road is narrow. I have to be aware of traffic, other dogs that come out of their yards, or critters in the ditches. Stay alert!

The second path is our secret path. It is one where the leash comes off and we both enjoy the freedom of following or making our own path. He loves the chance to explore, and I love watching him be a dog. Both paths are enjoyable. Both paths carry risks.

Jesus tells us in verses 13-14, “You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and it’s gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow, and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.“

I know when I stay on the narrow path, I have rules to obey. I need to be courteous and cautious in judging the people I come in contact with. I have a solid foundation rooted in the word of God to ground me on the narrow path. I can walk in the face of danger and feel safe there.

The wide path is like blowing in the breeze. There is no set direction, no rules to guide me, no one to pray to, no sense of accomplishment. Most of all, there is no safety net. Joy can turn to tragedy in an instant. Once, I lost my dog and thought for sure he was dead and gone. Only by the grace of God, did he find his way home. He was very weak and sick when he got home, but I was overjoyed at seeing him and scooped him up in my arms.

This can happen to me when I stray off the narrow path and run “free”, only to find that I am lost, far from home and those who love me. Only by the grace of God, do I find my way back to him and the safety of his arms.

Have you considered the spiritual path that you’re on? Do you know where you are spiritually? Where you’re headed? Where you want to be spiritually?

Next Steps:
Think of someone who shows a mature spirituality that you admire. Introduce yourself. Ask that person how he or she developed that spirituality. Ask that person to mentor you. Spend time with him or her. Write down goals of where you want to be spiritually: serving on a dream team, praying daily, studying the Bible regularly, etc.

Father, thank you for meeting us right where we are on this faith journey. Show us the way. Enlighten us. Help us to be of maximum service to you and others, always and in all ways. Remind us that we were made for your divine purpose and give us the courage to go forward on the narrow path. In Jesus’ name, amen.

This post was written by Julie Estep, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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  1. Jeanne A Alten-Embry
    Jeanne A Alten-Embry says:

    Julie Estep’s description on a dog’s narrow path was moving and made me realize that I need to turn to the narrow path. Thank you Julie for opening my faith!

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