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Follow the Leader . . .

Follow the Leader . . .
"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 
Jesus is the Gate, as He says in Chapter 10 of John's Gospel:  "I am the gate for the sheep . . . whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture."
One of the most liberating things I've found in Christ is the knowledge that I'm not good.  One of the first thoughts I have in the morning is realizing all over again what a worthless person I am.  Without mercy and grace, there is no excuse for my even still being here. I'd just make life miserable for everybody.   But as John Wesley discovered before stepping onto "the path" is that by grace through faith are we saved.   Not by anything John Wesley could have done for himself, and not by anything I can do for myself . . . except accept the gift of the Gate.
A great danger I face, maybe that we face, is self-deception.  We should probably talk to ourselves a bit more, remind ourselves of who and what we are.  Either a sinner saved by faith who needs help to follow the Shepherd, or a sinner crying out for a Savior.
". . . and only a few find it."  You have to seek it.   But if you do, Christ promises he will be found.  One of the great verses of the Psalms speaks of how to take the first step toward the path and toward the Gate:  ". . . a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise."
We are all broken-down people along life's highway.   But God has given us a way off the path that "leads to destruction," and that's the narrow path that leads to Him, a narrow path that opens to joy and hope and purpose.
Here's the best thing:  Someone is already on the road.   And that's the person who said, "Come. Follow me."
Teddy Allen
Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher
Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
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