You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
You can get there. Once you do, you will find a narrow gate. Because the entrance fee is costly, many decide they will take the broad gate.
That gate allows many in. It has few restrictions. It shares no distinctive sign to conduct the crowd in any manner.
When you get to the wide gate, no one celebrates your arrival. You are joining the masses. They are not pleased with the direction they were led in.
But the narrow gate has much celebrating! Many gather around to throw a festive party! The people that surround you in heaven lifted and encouraged you on Earth.
The few who find the gate, enter in, have fought a battle for their soul. They sought the kingdom while on Earth. They looked for signs, followed scripture's directing.
Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:15-16 NLT
"Beware. False prophets" come to us as "sheep"... Meek and timid. But their "disguise" covers a dangerous beast. The clue to their true demeanor lies in their actions. These "vicious wolves" can be discovered in how they conduct themselves.
One cannot find precious fruit in the weeds. So much like looking for positives in the behavior of a dangerous creature --- is fruitless.
Just like a wayward traveler who follows no signs... This is a wasted task. It will lead to places you don't want to go.
Un-BlahhG author, Caroline Cardwell spends her days caring for children as a therapist and engagement specialist at a local school, chasing four children at home and growing her home based health business. Did we mention that she and her husband, JD Cardwell, also began a church with ah-mazing leaders and a tribe they adore.