12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “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. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
We have two teachings in these few verses. The first one has come to be known as “The Golden Rule.” Jesus teaches us that we can expect people to treat us in the way that we treat them. In marriage counseling I always tell the husband that his wife will respond to his treatment and his attitudes toward her. People are responders. We see this most often in traffic. The second place we see this most exposed is in the family. If people treat you wrongly, the best thing you can do is to love them in return. Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.” This is how we can break the cycle of mistreatment. Someone has to get off the marry-go-round and begin treating the other with intentional kindness and love.
The second teaching here has to do with the path to eternal life. There are not many ways to the same place, no, there is only one way. The way to eternal life is not the way of the world; it is not the way of ease. For while we long for the bliss of heaven, we have to travel the path of thorns to get there. God will bless our lives here and now but there is no promise of ease and prosperity. Ease and prosperity are the promises of this world and at times the world does deliver. However, as we saw last Sunday, the world is passing away with all that is in it, only they who do the will of God abide forever.
My friends, our hope is not nor cannot be in this life. Our goals for this life must reflect the eternal hope and the eternal rewards for being faithful to our Lord now. When it comes to life decisions we must keep eternity in view. When we see the promises of eternity: that view enables us to travel the narrow path here. Get a good look at the eternal promises then keep your eyes above and not below. Colossians 3 is a help to us. We are the few of this world who find the narrow way. Led by the light of the Father and the work of the Son we see the emptiness of the broad road and look forward to being with Him.
Sunday is our monthly dinner day at Grace for Life. This is always a time of blessed fellowship around the table as we enjoy the meals prepared by one another. I hope you can stay and spend lunch with us.
Pray for Pastor Bill. He is having some health issues and we are getting some tests done today to see if they can determine the cause.
Have a great day in the Lord,