Day 162 – Two Choices
Jesus’s own model prayer; boldness in approaching our Father in Heaven; set free by the power of the Holy Spirit – that’s the first half of this powerful chapter, and it was as uplifting as it was good.
We then moved on to a tangled underworld of demons and deceit, religious leaders obstructing God’s plans and leading His people astray. Certainly, chapter 11 is a game of two halves.
Brings to mind the front cover of Private Eye (priceless treasures that they are!) at the time of the September 2014 referendum for Scottish independence where, in the event of a Yes vote, the vision of the Yes campaign is portrayed as a sun kissed Pacific Island (Paradise) and the No campaign as a fiery lake from Dante’s Inferno (Hell). The vote was No, so we will never know which was nearer the mark!
And? Although it rarely appears this clear cut, seems to me that we have two choices in life, one of two paths to follow: the high road of the Kingdom of God or the low road followed by those who choose not to follow the high road. The former is narrow and difficult, but glorious. The latter is wide, overpopulated and controlled by the devil and his demons.
As I asked a few days back, isn’t this a bit strong? Again, yes it is. But I don’t think we are given any leeway to veer from this view. These are Jesus’ words on the matter: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Like the referendum, the voters had to put their cross on Yes or No. No other option was available.
How do we vote? With our feet. The wide gate might see us building our career, accumulating wealth, going with the flow, enjoying life, “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die”. The narrow gate will see us on our knees in prayer for a broken world, offering sacrificial worship to a holy God, loving our neighbour as ourselves. Which is paradise to me? Where will I put my cross?