When we embark on a journey, we must first have a destination, then we can set off. Whether we travel on foot, by car, train or plane, these are all ventures in which we decide for ourselves where the journey is going.
The goal makes the difference
Our goals can be very different. And we still make choices about our journey. Jesus makes two travel suggestions and explains:
"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy 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 (ESV)
All kinds of sins are found on the broad way, and the way is easy:
- Esotericism, self-realization and self-redemption
- Binges and gluttony
- Fornication and adultery
- All kinds of debauchery
The end of this journey on the broad way is hell and eternal separation from God.
The narrow gate that leads to life:
As we walk into “God's presence” If we want to come, we must resolutely take a different direction.
The door that leads to life is narrow, and the way there is narrow. He goes over Calvary. Few people walk the uncomfortable path to the goal.
But the end is heaven and God's final presence.
- Uplifted to God's unimaginable glory.
- Forever and inseparable.
Jesus Christ is coming again
We still make decisions about our travels! Whether on foot, by car, train or plane!
But soon there will be departure - atmosphere like never before. It is not we who decide, but the Father in heaven about the destination of our journey! At the rapture, Jesus himself will come in the clouds and take his blood-bought bride to the wedding. Then it is not asked about age, denomination, skin color or status: but those who “belong to Christ” become raptured.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (ESV)
How do you know if you are prepared for this trip? The Apostle Paul writes to the Athenians:
That they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. Acts 17:27 (ESV)
Is it your desire now and today to be in God's presence? to hang around with him? Then you can have no worries. The Father will choose you when Jesus returns.
If not, now is your chance to find him. He's not far, he's very close to you today.
em>Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (ESV)
Author: Egon Waechter