"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

6/10/09

Word-Filled Wednesday: Roads and Gates (and false doctrine)

Welcome to my contribution to Word-Filled Wednesday, hosted this week by the lovely AmyDeanne at the 160-Acre Woods. Be sure to stop by there and check out other visual inspiration from Scripture - and don't be afraid to add your own!

My grey matter is obviously on vacation. I ALMOST posted some VERY faulty logic on this very blog, in this very meme. And it's a mistake I bet lots of people make.
But the scariest part, to me anyway, is that, for a few hours of my life, I actually believed it.
First I'm gonna share the "correct" picture, then I'll share my "mistake," and what I learned from it.

Here's my "true" Word-Filled Wednesday
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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. Matthew 7:13-14

As I was puttering about my day on Tuesday, I remembered this verse, and decided it was the perfect one for my post. So I went searching on photobucket for a good picture of a narrow road. Once I found it, I started copying the verse, phrase by phrase, onto the picture.

Well, let's just say a couple of the phrases got juxtaposed. And this is what I ended up with!

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and narrow the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.But small is the gate and broad is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Anyhow, I finished up my picture, shut down my computer, and started dinner, the whole time pondering what exactly this meant--and that I'd had it wrong for ten years. Sure, the gate is small, but the road is broad. Once we get through that gate, we have all the possibilities in the world. How wonderful is that, my demented brain celebrated.
But then I copied the verse into my blog, and noticed I'd gotten it all wrong.
I think a lot of people look at the Christian life that way. Sure, there's only one way to Christ, but once you're there, that wonderful Christian liberty takes over. We're Christians, so we're forgiven. We can do whatever we want and everything will be fine.
But it's not true. If we want to stay close to Christ, and please him, we have to go through the narrow gate AND walk down the narrow road.
The only path that will please Him--the only way that will make us more and more like Him--is His path. So stay on it. Just because you came through the right gate doesn't guarantee you will be on His road.

Heavenly Father, help us believers to remember that salvation isn't the only thing. Help us to stay on that narrow road, not veering to the left or the right. Guide us in what pleases You, and give us discernment regarding our Christian liberty. Help us remember, Lord, that just because we have entered through the narrow gate doesn't mean we can't stray onto the wide path that is not meant for us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

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16 comments:

  1. Oh boy, that was really a neat story, thanks for sharing this with us!!

    Hope you have a blessed day today♥

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  2. Wow! So true, JoDear!! And what a great visual and memorable example of this verse. Love it!!
    Huggles!

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  3. Oooh. Loved that. Great stuff, JJ!

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  4. I always check my verses to make sure I do not mess anything up as I don't want to take away from His Word. Thanks for the reminder to be diligent.

    I so love your thoughts!

    :o)

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  5. Yes, you have to be very careful with those Words. There is only one way. Thanks for that Word today.

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  6. Good for you, JO...to catch that mistake and learn from it.

    We are not called narrow-minded for nothing. It's something we should be proud of!

    Love and Prayers,
    Vonnie

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  7. Isn't that something...

    Very interesting how God speaks to us in our lives. So glad he cleared the matter up for you. In doing so, he's cleared up something privately to me.

    peace~elaine

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  8. Happy WFW
    That turned out to be a great lesson in keeping accuracy in the word of God.
    Thanks for sharing today!
    Lea

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  9. Oh Joan...thank you for sharing this! How inspirational your insight & your mistake. Thank you for the beautiful prayer & illustration! I was so blessed by your visit & now your Word Filled Wednesday has set my feet on the right path thru the narrow gate!

    May we remain steadfast on His road & His way as we follow Him closely.

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  10. This was my scripture for Scripture Sunday. I love it when a scripture comes round full circle for me. I see it as confirmation.

    Thanks for sharing God's word. Happy WFW!!

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  11. thanks for stopping by! I love your WFW - I absolutely agree with all of your commentary of that verse - awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Be blessed!

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  12. Amen! What a great truth! May we remember to follow His way and stay on His path. Thanks for such a wonderful reminder this WFW!

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  13. oh Joanne.. i've so been there with you! Sometimes I wonder what i've really learnt and God corrects me as I age the truth comes out as we know him more! thanks for sharing this great example!

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  14. Awesome story sweetie.

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  15. Amen to your prayer. Thanks for this, Jo.

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  16. Great reminder to stay on the narrow road, the right road that leads to Him.

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