Reason for Being
Jan 7th, 2022 by mike

This will be short and sweet. The LORD placed us here to come into a relationship with His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” in John 14:6 – He (Jesus) was stating a narrow path of exclusivity.

There is no other way to Heaven. There is no other way to have a relationship with your Creator. There is no other way to live forever / have eternal life. No other way.

Jesus speaks of a “narrow way” in Matthew 7:13-14 ” Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Jesus also says that they way to destruction is broad and many go there. I know from my own personal experience that many people want to follow the crowd, do what everyone else is doing. I can recall being asked as a child, if all your friends were jumping from a bridge, does that mean you should do it? This hyperbole was intended to promote individual thinking followed by courageous action to do the correct thing even if it is unpopular.

Which brings me forward. Being convicted in conscience to be obedient to what God has told you do to has a cost. Most often, the cost is high and will mean change. In Acts 26 we see the Apostle Paul in front of King Agrippa and read the dialogue. Paul testifies of his persecution of the early Church, and his subsequent conversion – where he was told by Jesus to preach the Gospel. In Acts 26:19, Paul states to Agrippa ” Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision”. At the outset of the events of 2020 and 2021, the world had become divided over philosophy. You are either a “true believer” in diseases that have no other cure than those that require foreign substances being placed into your body, or you are the other type – those that are derided and scorned for not having the orthodoxy of the former. The way that the majority of population has “gone after” untested and unapproved solutions boggles my mind.

God spoke to my heart early in 2020. I needed to not be a partaker of those things that seemed popular in the news. God gifted me with one body and one chance to keep it pure. The last 20 months have been months of introspection and taking a hard look at what I believe. Do I believe God can Heal? Yes. Do I believe that God can protect me? Yes. Do I believe in body integrity? Yes – which is another reason I would never get a tattoo – but that’s another discussion for another time.

Getting back to Acts 26. God spoke to me personally that I needed to not follow the “popular” opinions and should be separate from “what everyone else is doing”. Difficult? Absolutely. Does it have a cost? Yes.

I stand with St. Paul – I was not disobedient to my heavenly vision, and yes – the way truly is narrow and few find it.

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