Dear Prayer Partners,
Jesus told His followers to "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." What a discouraging thing to say to would-be followers!
The message we often hear today is much less demanding: just ?give your heart to Jesus' or ?just believe in Jesus' and you automatically have eternal life.
But instead of an easy entry into the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus is warning of trials ahead, great personal cost to the believer, and the demands of complete allegiance to God's ways. In His parable of the sower, Jesus gives examples of the different ?soils' (the hearts of folks who encounter the gospel). Some hearts only accept His message until the demands become too hard. Some hearts have the message choked out by the desires for riches or by the worries of this life. Some never accept the message at all.
This month we will look at some of the hard things of following our Lord, the ?narrow' way.
The staff and board of Love INC