“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (NASB) (emphasis added)
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13-14
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” ~ Ephesians 4:1-6
“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.” ~ Philippians 1:27-28
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:13-14
There are a number of paths we think about on a daily basis. What do I need to get done for today? Is my family provided for? How can I climb the career ladder? How much money should we save? How much weight do I want to lose?
Goals are not bad in and of themselves, but do they add to our ultimate goal of following Christ or do they become a hindrance? It is much easier to let worry and pain guide us instead of faith. Faith requires that we have hope in what we cannot see, which can be difficult. But that is why we have His Word, a testament to His faithfulness, a guide to life instead of death.
The message of the Scriptures is a simple one: Obey God. Walk in His ways. Conduct ourselves in a way that pleases God and represents Christ in world which has no hope in itself. God is our hope. Christ is our salvation. This is the only path, the narrow one, leading to eternal life. This is our path.