“Go in through the narrow gate. The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate. But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 – Contemporary English Version) Self-destruction is easy.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to choose self-indulgence and self-gratification. As a matter of fact, our society tells us to value self over others and to worship gods that confirm more often than they confront. It takes genuine faith and character to deny self, to take up the cross and to follow Jesus Christ.
“The LORD gives me strength. He makes my feet as sure as those of a deer, and he helps me stand on the mountains. To the music director: Use stringed instruments.” (Habakkuk 3:19 – Contemporary English Version) Many Christians believe that God helps us avoid the problems and pain that we face in life.
They think he can even be expected to enable us to avoid the consequences of our actions. This isn’t the one described in scripture. Rather, God gives us the strength and the stability to face and overcome our fears and frustrations.