“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.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Ah… the dreaded old budget…Some days it grows closer to the red than staying in the black. I certainly do not like it and can feel worried. I start wondering how I can fix it, maybe go back to the way I used manage the budget. I have tried to figure out what I can do better, and after careful consideration I realize how much inflation has swarmed in and it’s not me! Whew!
Lately I have thought I need to return to some former methods in my life. They were easier; they were well-known and simply more comfortable. However, at the same time this stresses me out. If I ever want to move forward, which I do, I cannot return to old patterns and thought processes. Besides it is not what God wants. I do have obligations and responsibilities that need to be tended to but there are fresh ones on the horizon. In ordered to be prepared I have to stop looking back to what was comfortable, proven and already known.
While I am stuck between these two gates I need to learn the balance of current obligations while preparing for new ones and not revert back to the previous. It is a difficult task for me. I am good at creating successful structures. But as I read the Word, Jesus was quite stern on this matter. He said; Let the dead bury the dead. A strong statement; that which does not have value in my life now, no longer needs consideration even if it was not unrighteous or harmful. I do not need to spend time covering it, tending to it or putting it to rest. It is time to move forward.
Jesus said; Looking back is not fit for the Kingdom. What a frightening thought! I have to be more than unwavering and make a greater effort to not let my thoughts or vision slip backward. I want to be; no I have to be, fit for the Kingdom. I cannot be a lazy, flabby, lukewarm Christian. In my natural life, being fit takes discipline, determination, desire and old fashioned hard work. This is true in my spiritual life as well. So I am choosing this one!
Besides looking back didn’t really work out for Lot’s wife…
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God. Luke 9:62