The Ramblings of the Curate!
Knowing and doing are two different things!
I'm sorry but I am going to quote from another movie, this is from the film 'Matrix'
“Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” ― Morpheus
Neo is presented with a choice to continue living his life the way he wants or to know the truth concerning the world and the life Neo is living. He is at a crossroads where his legs will reveal his intention, does he walk the path or continue living in darkness.
I feel that within every Christian journey we too come to realize that at some point we need to become intentional about our walk with Christ. We have read the Bible, gone to life groups. listened to sermon after sermon and now we come to the crossroads where Jesus says "come". We know we have to make a decision, to follow Christ on the path He has set out before us, or continue to walk in darkness.
The path is narrow, the path may lead to hard and difficult times. There may be things we need to give up and sacrifice to keep on the path. Yet there is a great reward for those who persevere. The path leads to eternal life, salvation, and being made right with God through the acts of Christ.
The path is hard, we know what we must do and we know the consequences if we do not walk it. Yet, we do not walk it alone. Lee reminded us on Sunday at St Andrew's that we have the good Shepherd who guides us, who calls us by name, who is willing to lay down His life. All we need to do is to listen to His voice and obey His commands to have a deep and personal relationship with Him.
It can be very difficult to hear His voice over the racket of other voices of false teachings and the temptations of this world, as we are encouraged to seek comfort and security in the things around us. We know what we should do, we know the path but often we follow the voices that take us through the easier wider path, the path that leads to destruction Matthew 7:13-14.
We become trapped in a false Gospel that promises everything but delivers nothing. We live in false hope and never find the narrow gate. As the scripture says
"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it".
Jesus is not only the Good Shepherd who can lead us to the gate, He too is the gate that we must pass through.
I leave you with the same challenges Lee left us with;
Who are you listening to? On whom do your convictions rest?
Do you know his voice? Do you recognise and follow His leadership?
Have you received His forgiveness?
There is a difference between knowing and walking the path, if you would like to discuss further please give me a call or email or ring the office.
St Andrews, Kinson