“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” –Matthew 7:13-14
I love how the word “find” is used in the second part of this verse in contrast to the word “enter”. The path of pursuing Christ is something that we all must find but we can’t do it without His help.
Over the past five months I have learned a lot more about what it looks like to be a follower of Christ. I have learned what it looks like to walk with God along the hard narrow path. Before I joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM), I had a very different idea of what the path was supposed to look like. I thought that God was just waiting for me to spend enough time with Him so that He could download His plan and I could see exactly what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life.
I am so thankful that I was wrong.
Let me put it this way. Have you ever received directions to someone’s house all at once? “Drive four blocks down this road then take a right. Then go seven blocks until you pass the green house with the brown roof and turn left…” I don’t know about you but when people give me all the directions at once I get overwhelmed. I end up saying something like “just let me know when I am getting close to the next turn, then tell me what to do.” Why do you think that GPS or Siri (for all us iPhone people out there) tells us the directions one step at a time? They know that if they gave it to us all at once it would be too much so they give us just enough information to make the next turn then they give us new information so that we don’t get overwhelmed.
When we want to assemble a bookshelf or drive to a location or learn to draw we expect there to be step by step instructions. If the instructions go to fast we say “Wait, how did they do that? How do I get to that part? Why is the person who wrote these such an idiot?” because we expect them to go slow and to not show us everything at once. Why would we expect God to do anything different? If an Ikea employee in charge of assembly instructions loves us enough to not give us too much at once so we don’t get frustrated or overwhelmed, then why would we expect the God of the universe, who loves us unfathomably more than that employee ever could, give us more than we can handle?
I have heard a lot of people say that they are trying to find God’s plan for their life which is awesome and something we should all do but they are going about it the entirely wrong way. They expect the whole picture, or at least to see twenty years from now all at once but don’t realize what they are asking for. God wants us to walk WITH Him, he doesn’t want us to meet him at twenty years from now.
A lot of people say, and I completely agree, that it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Don’t you think God knows this? God doesn’t call us to a destination, He calls us to a path. If the purpose of life was to reach the end then don’t you think there would be something a little more glamorous waiting for us than old age and poor health? I believe that God wants to go on a journey with us. He calls us to walk on a path because that is where life happens. That is where the adventure is.
It takes a lot of faith to walk out this adventure, to take life step by step. But it also takes a lot of faith to live life anyway. Every time you use any kind of directions you are putting your faith into the person that made the directions to get you to that location or to get that bookshelf built in a better way than you could have done it on your own. Yes it takes faith to walk with God but if we give Him the directions and let Him guide us step by step He can give us so much more life than we could have ever lived by trying to do it on our own.
Joshua Lake – 2014 DTS Alumni