Sometimes life is like being placed into a giant maze without a map. Whenever you make the wrong turn, its like one step forward, two steps back. As soon as you hit a dead end, you have to go back to where you started, retracing your steps to find a way out. If you don’t have any helper, guide or visible signs, this journey will last much longer than expected.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it, Matthew 7:13-14.
The Bible serves as a road map to bring you back to God’s desired destination. During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compares life to a series of roads. The most popular ones are like interstate highways, well defined and marked. However, Jesus uses the analogy of a small path to illustrate the road to heaven. Somebody has cleared the path, but if you stray off to the left or right, its easy to lose your way.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1.
The author of Hebrews refers to a great Hall of Faith, saints who have showed people the way to heaven. Comparing life to a marathon, completing this race requires endurance and persistence. When I get up each morning, I don’t always feel like doing the right thing. There are plenty of days when I am exhausted, tired and worn down with little motivation to stay on track. The group Evanescence sings about this state in their song Bring Me Back to Life. This blog and song are dedicated to those who need to be brought back into God’s presence.
by Jay Mankus