I was in a discussion this morning with a group of people, talking about Matthew 5-7 in the Bible. Jesus’ first and longest teaching, it pretty much tells is all we need to know about how to live our lives. The person leading this discussion focused on the Narrow Path. He said the following:
- There are only two kinds of people in this world- those that are on the Narrow Path which leads to life, and those that are on the Wide Path that leads to destruction. The Narrow Path is a choice that we can all make, but most of us don’t.
- At the end of Chapter 7, it says that the people who listened to Jesus teach were astonished. We are also called to live in a way that astonishes people.
- Once we let the Lord lead us to the Narrow Path, we can plant the seeds that lead our families, friends, colleagues and communities to the Way, the Truth and the Life.
- Thomas Merton said that to become a saint is to become your true self. It is to become the person that God created you to be.
- If you can become your true self, then logically it is also the case that you can be your false self- and our pursuit in life is to cast off the false, the worldly, the pretense.
- In becoming the man or woman that God created us to be, we need to understand that we are all in our own Calcutta, and like Mother Theresa we can all serve where we are- there is no shortage of need. We all have unique gifts, given to us by our Creator, that are perfect for our circumstance and for how we are expected to serve, whether at work, or at home, or in our communities.
- The transformation to becoming a saint is to first allow the Lord to work on you, and then in you, and finally through you.
- To be on the Narrow Path we need look no further than the Beatitudes for the road map of what we are meant to be. We are to be salt and light in this world, not selfish, giving to those in need, with a disciplined and sanctified mind. We would seek to be forgiven, fast in secret to benefit others, not treasure the things of this earth, not worry, not be preoccupied, and take joy in seeking God.
- God loves everyone, but only a few choose to be intimate with the Lord. Only when we seek Him and spend time with Him can we be open to His training in our lives.
- We need to go outward beyond ourselves and move towards God and towards others.
We need to seek the Narrow Path.