Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Head to you local grocery store...

So many options

So many choices - too many!

Guys, if you don't know what you are looking for
(i.e. the wife didn't send you with a specific list),
many things look like viable options:

  All brands of toilet paper are in play.
  Detergents - what's the difference?
  Shampoo, soups & salad dressings: seen one, seen 'em all.

Don't do it Bucky!

Stick to the approved items on the list.

HORRIBLE analogy, but when has that stooped me? 

God's list of Saviors is short: 
  1. His Son. Period!

His pick of paths away from perdition is particular. 

Thus despite all the choices - faith paths, philosophies -
that parade themselves, clamoring for our allegiance,
we must hear what Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-15:

"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.
Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ferocious wolves..."

"Narrow, small, few"
Sounds selective, specific...

Glad He warns & informs us!
He further warns us in vs. 21-23:

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'
will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'
Then I will tell them plainly,
'I never knew you.
Away from me, you evildoers!'  (Matt. 7:21-23 - NIV)

The point of distinction?
  Those who Know Him. 
  They live differently.
  They do His Father's will.
  They are entering God's gate, on His narrow path.
  Their fruit is evident (see vs. 16-21).

Do you know HIM?
Jesus is  the only way,
         the true truth,
         the proper path

Know Him?
See John 14:6; 3:16, 36
1 John 5:11-13

Thank You Lord for making the choices obvious.
May I, having chosen YOU by your grace, 
keep choosing You daily.
Help me stay on the straight and narrow.