The Calvary Road #7 – Off the Highway
In our spiritual journey, we at times slip off the Way of Holiness because the road is narrow (Isaiah 35:8).
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
The gate is “small” because salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
The road is “narrow” because we travel a road that calls us to separate ourselves from sin and the world, endure difficulties with patience, die to our selfish ways, dedicate ourselves fully to what God wants, and so on. Not easy!
Most would prefer a wide, paved highway rather than a narrow, bumpy road!
One wrong and we can find ourselves veering off God’s path, no longer walking in the light but in darkness. We yielded to some temptation. Failed to obey God. Or demanded our own way.
We find ourselves slipping away from Jesus, for nothing unclean can walk the Way of Holiness. Our cup is dirtied and ceases to overflow, and we lose our peace with God. If we don’t come back to the Way at once, we seem to slide further away.
How can you get back?
No matter at what point you left the Way, you will always find Jesus calling you to come back. As you crawl up again to the Way on hands and knees as it were, you come again to him and his cleansing. A broken and contrite heart God will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
You are broken in repentance. You receive fresh cleansing. Jesus fills your cup to overflowing once again.
That is the secret of the Way. When sin comes in and interrupts your fellowship with God, you know what to do. You take your sin to the Cross, see its sinfulness, and then place it under the blood of Jesus, and declare it gone.
The barometer indicators that you and I are walking on God’s Way are these: Is my cup running over? Do I have God’s peace in my heart? Do I have a love and concern for others? If these are disturbed, then sin has crept in, and we need to get back on the path.
~ Pastor Dave