As we began the Above & Beyond Counseling Ministries journey, I asked the Lord on how we could avoid what happens with other churches and ministries. He led me to Matthew 7:13-14 and the narrow road to life.
I have seen many start off well, with good hearts and intentions, I believe, yet see them end up in destruction (worst case) or accomplishing far less than what God had purposed.
This was a meaningful question for me because the name of our ministry comes from Ephesians 3:20 where, roughly paraphrased from the Amplified Version, God is able to, and wants to, have us accomplish abundantly above all we can ask and infinitely beyond all we can imagine!
One morning, during my quiet time, the Lord dropped the phrase “the narrow road” into my spirit and I was immediately led to Matthew 7:13-14.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” (NIV)
He gave me revelation and understanding for what we were to do as a ministry but that same scripture is obviously key for each one of us who purposes to walk with Jesus. As a Christian counselor, I always try to assess where each person is spiritually. Are they saved? Are they religious? As I heard it put, sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car!
I have come to believe that many are on the broad road to destruction; yet believe they have entered through the narrow gate (Jesus) at some point in their life. This scripture reminds us that there is not only a narrow gate but also a narrow road that leads to life. Are you on it? Only a few find it (and stay on it) and I believe we need God’s grace and a healthy fear of the Lord to stay on the road!