Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sermon on the Mount --traveling with the crowd

In Matthew 7:13 Jesus says to “enter through the narrow gate.” Some have suggested that this means that we might look where the crowds are going and go the other way. If we are in opposition to the prevailing thinking, if we challenge the norm, if we defy the reason of the majority then we must be doing something right.

In Luke 13:24, Jesus explains the narrow gate in another way: “Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” Few enter through the narrow gate. But many want to get through and just cannot.

There may be times when righteousness requires us to go in the opposite direction of everyone else. But there are also times when righteousness may require us to go in the same direction as everyone else, but through God's grace we may actually get there.

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