Narrow is the Way

True discipleship is a Way of life.  It is not only called the Way, but it is also called the Way of holiness and the Way of righteousness (Matt. 21:32).

Sometimes the Way is called a gate or a door (Luke 13:24).  Jesus is the door, the bread, the Way, the truth and the life (John 10:9; 6:41, 48; 14:6).  The Way is also called the Way of truth (2 Peter 2:2).  This truth must be practiced in order to enter the light (John 3:21).  The light, then, is the good life and the good life is the God life or the Way that God lives.

No wonder true disciples are told to imitate God, speak like God and discipline themselves for the purpose of godliness (Eph. 5:1; 1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Peter 4:11; 1 Tim. 4:7; 6:3; Titus 1:1).  We are to walk in Jesus Christ’s steps (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6).  Jesus said that the ones who believed in Him would be doing the same works, and even greater works than He did, because His earthly ministry was cut short (John 14:12).

Jesus’ faith had works.  When you keep Jesus’ works by doing the same, you overcome the flesh with its evil passions and desires (Gal. 5:24).  And if you endure to the end, Jesus Christ will grant you to sit with Him and rule the nations of this earth with a rod of iron (Rev. 2:26; 5:10).

Jesus’ Way is easy and pleasant (Matt. 11:30).  It is the Way to peace (Luke 1:79; Rom. 3:17).  It is the Way of the Lord (Psalm 18:21).

We are to walk in the Way or walk in the truth (2 John 4, 6).  We are to walk in good works (Eph. 2:10). We are to be careful to engage in good works, for the one who actively, continually does good is of God (Titus 3:8; 1 Peter 2:12; 3 John 11).  And the one who will not practice righteousness by doing good is not of God (1 John 3:7, 10, 18).  Simple isn’t it?

God is sorting out those who will be the doers of the word and those who will remain hearers (James 1:22, 27).  The ministers of Christ’s day, called religious Pharisees, would not so much as lift a finger in regard to doing any good for God (Matt. 23:4).  They did all their deeds to be noticed by men (Matt. 23:5).

True doers of good works for God are cautioned to have the right attitude (Matt. 6:1-6).  They are told to pray in secret and give in secret.

How far removed from the truth of God many are today!  It is a good thing there is a tomorrow, so we can immediately correct the situation.

Be a sheep and do not continue to be a goat (Matt. 25:33-46).  Do all that you do in good works or good words (cheering up those in hospitals, in nursing homes, or those who are depressed) in the name of Jesus Christ daily, and begin to subject yourself to the righteousness of God (Rom. 10:3).