“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:14
As we wrap up our study in Matthew on the Sermon on the Mount, we find that Jesus warns His disciples about the ways of the world, false teachers, and building their life upon a solid foundation.
The first part of this section describes in plain detail what it looks like to follow the Lord on earth. In the world’s eyes, following Jesus’ ways will be unconventional and not liked by many. It is a difficult path to walk, and we will be tempted by the enemy, but never beyond our means. (1 Corinthians 10:13) There is and always will be another option for us, but it more often than not contradicts with the “common” way. That is why Jesus describes the way to life as narrow and the pathway to destruction as wide. We consistently need to deny ourselves of our fleshly desires and replace them with truth from God’s word in order to combat the schemes of Satan.
As we practice replacing our fleshly desires or thoughts with Truth, we are building our lives on the solid foundation that Jesus describes. When our rock on which we stand is that of the word of God, there is nothing that can overtake us or separate us from Christ. Though the storms will brew and crash, the time and dedication to our Savior that we made a priority before the storm hits, is what will ultimately save us from going under. As Levi Lusko always says, “You are training for a trial you are not yet in.”
In addition, this solid foundation not only withstands the storms of life but also helps us to see through false teachings. As we study the Bible more, we are embedding verses into our souls that will sound the alarm when something doesn’t quite match up. The Holy Spirit will help us determine what is right and what is wrong. It is unfortunate that there are teachers out there who lead others astray from Salvation, but it is also our reality. That is why it is so crucial that you need to always do your own reading and own prayer time. This is where we connect with the Lord and are able to build our confidence in Him to distinguish the difference between His teachings from false teachings.
All in all, these passages always will lead us back to the cross. Our works will not get us to heaven (verse 22). Our money, possessions, things (even our loved ones) are not the solid foundation that we should build our life upon. The one and only definitive thing we have in this life is our relationship with Christ. (Ecclesiastes 3:20)
And if that is our only sure thing in life, then how are we spending our time to reflect that truth?
As we step into the year of 2018, I’d like you to take a moment and breathe. We are creatures of distraction and procrastination. We hyper focus on the wrong things in life and sidebar the truth that will set us free. Fight against these desires and stay focused on the Cross. That is where you will find all that you need.
be free. xo