Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 14, 2020

When The Easy Way Is The Wrong Way

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13

The easy way. When you’re a kid (or teenager), it’s the way to go. Minimum effort, maximum results…well, maybe not maximum. Not to say the easy way is just for young people. Plenty of adults take the easy way—out and in—regarding jobs, relationships, parenting, etc. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes, not so much.

As for me, I’m not exactly a “do-it-the-hard-way” person…I’m more a do-it-the-right-way kind of gal. (Um, this speaks to my perfectionist personality tendencies, but that’s for another post.) Ironically, I can also be somewhat impatient. This sets the stage for why I’m choosing the easy way for a particularly daunting quarantine task I’m facing: painting my kitchen cabinets.

After much research, and a practice run on a couple cabinets, I have decided to take the easy way on this. I plan on (a) not sanding, but only cleaning well and (b) not removing the doors. A perfect solution for the impatience in me. Hopefully, it won’t turn out like the typical Pinterest-ideal-gone-wrong. I’ll let you know.

My point? Sometimes there are, in fact, easy ways that work out just fine. But, when it comes to your eternal destination, there is one way to go—and it’s narrow. And hard. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). One, narrow road. And why is it hard? Well, choosing to accept the forgiveness and grace of Jesus Christ is super easy: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9). It’s the following Him that’s difficult.

The Bible is very clear how we’re to live our lives—and practically every step of the way goes against our sinful, natural inclinations and desires. We do have the assistance of the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us strength, but we inevitably fall (daily). We get back up, move forward, fall, get up, repeat. The process can be pretty bloodying and bruising. So, there’s that. And there’s the fact that living a godly life in our culture is like swimming upstream against the raging current (with all the other fish mocking you and telling you how crazy you are, as they cruise effortlessly in the easy direction).

But the Christian way—the hard way—is worth every step. We have been redeemed by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And the road He paved for us leads to eternal peace, joy and perfection. That’s the ultimate outcome I want…what about you?

“Lord, thank You for making the way for me. Although it’s hard, help me to keep on the path that leads to an eternal life with You.”

For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Ministry

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