Saturday, May 19, 2012

Narrow and Free

While we live by revelation--
every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God--
logic certainly backs everything up.
Even the paradoxical.
Especially the paradoxical.
We just have to remember it is only
an apparent contradiction.
We live by the voice of God
and ask Him to lead us on the road 
to fulfill our created purpose.
There are not a whole lot of roads
that lead to His purpose.
There is only one,
and it is narrow.
Narrow is the road that leads to life. 
Matthew 7:14
We often forget that it is narrow;
sometimes we want it to be broad so that
 we might do what everyone else is doing.
But it is narrow.
We're free to live a new life 
in the freedom of God.
Romans 7:6
This new life of freedom
and the narrow road:
one of those apparent contradictions.
Narrow places sound so constricting.
Constriction does not sound like freedom.
But God doesn't give us the narrow road
because He wants to limit, hinder, squeeze or obstruct us. 
He is not keeping things from us; 
He is protecting those things that He has for us.
 
If we set our own goals, 
then we get to choose our own roads.
If "happiness" is our goal, 
many roads offer to get us there.
And if one doesn't get us to happiness, 
we can always change.
We do that all the time.
We change jobs, spouses, relationships,
homes, schools, even gender.
If all that fails, we can always
change the definition and begin again.
But if our goal is defined by God,
only one road will get us there--
the road He maps out for us.
So I run straight toward the goal 
in order to win the prize, 
which is God's call through Christ Jesus 
to the life above.
Philippians 3:12
The narrow road--
It is purposeful,
it is the way to our destiny,
it is free.
Lord, keep my feet going straight
down the narrow road of purpose.
I want to run toward the goal
that I might win the prize.
It is by Your design
and I embrace the wonderful paradox
that to gain my life is to lose it.

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