It’s so Hard

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Whether it is reading 3 chapters everyday in the Bible, praying for 15 minutes each day, memorizing a verse a week, faithfully attending worship services, giving, or witnessing even just a little bit, most Christians don’t because it is to hard.

Everything that causes us to grow, and that gets rewarded at the “Judgment Seat of Christ” is hard, and very few Believers choose to do them because they are hard. Our flesh is lazy and enjoys comfort, and we let our flesh run our life.

The narrow way, the hard way or the broad way, the comfortable and easy way, we choose all day long, many times a day. As a Pastor, over the years I have seen so many people mess up their lives, destroy their marriage and do a very poor job training their kid’s, become totally unusable for God, and get to the end their life with nothing to show for it, but a house, a car, a boat because they continually chose the easy and comfortable way.

I teach a “Leadership Class” each year that is life changing for all who get involved, but many choose not to attend because they perceive it as to hard.

Every year in my goals there are a number that I make just because they are very hard, and I want to continually train myself to choose to do hard things. I am going to climb Mt Adams taking three days to complete even though I have failed to make it to the summit for the last 5 years, this year I will make it to the top. I am going to run in and finish a 10 K and a half Marathon even though it has been 5 years since I have done any running. I am going to memorize the book of Colossians and review the other 600 verses that I have memorized every week so as to keep them sharp in my mind. I am going to start a “Satellite Church” even though I am 72 and it is time to retire.

Those who consistently choose the hard and narrow way all day long are the ones who receive God’s strength and power, they are the ones who change other people’s lives for all eternity. They are the one’s God chooses to give more responsibility to and they keep on doing more and getting better.

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