Pursuing Christian sanctification I will say ought to be the key goal for any believer in Christ, year on year. A conscious effort is required from you and me to “pursue the price, press toward the goal.” Read Philippians 3:14-15 (AMP). And what was Apostle Paul referring to when he made this statement? To be Christ-like was his ultimate goal and objective in life and this is the path of holiness.
Listen to what the Bible says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.” Read Matthew 7:13-14 (AMP). Here we can see the compare and contrast between the Narrow and Wide gate.
- Narrow Gate – leads to “everlasting life,” and there are very few who find it.” Why is the narrow gate so hard to find? Here are some suggestions:
- We refuse to “pursue the price.”
- We refuse to “press toward the goal.”
- We refuse to “forgive and forget.”
- We refuse to “acknowledge God.”
- We refuse to be “patient.”
- We refuse to let God “take control” of the wheel for our lives.
The list above is by no means exhaustive. And here is a question we must confront, how do we enter through the narrow gate? Scripture helps us, “…By the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Read Romans 12:2b (AMP). You will agree that there are so many things in this world vying for mine and your attention. Yet, it is required of us to embrace godly values and ethical attitudes.
My Father in heaven, thank You for enlightening the eyes of my heart to see Your redeeming love, grace and mercy. Thank You.
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