NARROW IS THE WAY

Where do you stand right now with Jesus Christ? Are you good enough to get into heaven on His terms?

 

Let's see. 

  

Have you lied to a friend, dishonoured a parent, wanted something that didn't belong to you, or used the Lord's name irreverently? Have you hated your sister, your spouse, your parent, or your neighbour? Have you imagined what life would be like with someone else's spouse? Do you prioritize money over godliness, ambition over virtue? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you have violated the law of God. You are a covetous liar, murderer, adulterer, blasphemer, and idolater. According to the law, you are guilty and your punishment is death. For the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23a).

 

The poignancy of the law is that it convicts us all. Not one of us can stand before a holy and just God and claim to be good. There is none good but one, that is, God (Mt. 19:17).  

 

No matter how good we try to be, none of us can maintain the high standard of God's law. I had not known sin, but by the law (Rom. 7:7). This knowledge places on our hearts a tremendous burden of guilt. Do you know what God did for you to alleviate this burden? For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16).

 

Jesus, who was God in the flesh, died on the cross so that His shed blood would pay, in full, the debt for your sin. You and I both deserved that death because we sinned against God. But because of His immeasurable love for us, Jesus took our sins to Himself to rescue us from the clutches of the devil and from the flames of hell. He is our Saviour, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (Jn. 1:29).

 

We may choose to omit our sins from conscious thought, refusing to acknowledge them, but ignoring them does not make them go away. That would be like refusing to acknowledge gravity; it will affect us even if we ignore or deny it. Those who do not read the Bible to know the law nevertheless shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (Rom. 2:15b). What is in your heart?

 

The sinful heart becomes scarred from the effects of sin when denial renders us unrepentant. Unconfessed sin eats at our souls like a cancer, causing anger, turmoil, insecurity, and guilt. God has offered us freedom from these plaguing self-recriminations. It is through the confession of our sins and the forgiveness of our sins. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9).  

 

Kneel before your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and pray. Confess that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive you. Believe that He has died for you and that you are forgiven. Then, stand firm and hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (Heb. 3:6). 

 

Fiinally, go, and sin no more (Jn. 8:11b). Don't do this because you think your salvation will be secured by it - Jesus has already secured your salvation. Do this because you love Him. Jesus said, If ye love me, keep my commandments (Jn. 14:15). 

 

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts. 16:31).