“THE FEW, THE PROUD . . . “

“BUT SMALL IS THE GATE AND NARROW THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LIFE, AND ONLY A FEW FIND IT” MATTHEW 7: 14

READ: MATTHEW 7:13-27

‘THE FEW, THE PROUD…’ MANY OF US CAN FINISH THIS SLOGAN. THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORP HAS USED THIS MAGNIFICENT LINE…’THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE MARINES!’…SEEMINGLY FOR DECADES. THIS MAY BE THE STRONGEST RECRUITING SLOGAN OF ALL THE ARMED FORCES. THE MARINES HAVE A SPECIAL BOND, A UNIQUENESS, WHICH THEY PERSONALLY IDENTIFY. THE SLOGAN MAGNIFIES THE BROTHERHOOD WHICH SETS THEM APART. TO TAKE NOTHING AWAY FROM OUR OTHER ARMED FORCES; THE ARMY HAS THE RANGERS. THE NAVY HAS THEIR SEALS. THE AIR FORCE HAS THE WORLD’S GREATEST PILOTS. BUT, THE MARINES ARE THE FEW, THE PROUD.

THERE IS ANOTHER SPECIAL GROUP WHO ARE SET APART AS ‘THE FEW AND THE PROUD’. CHRISTIANS. ARE YOU PART OF THE FEW AND THE PROUD? WITH A LARGE PART OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION, THERE ARE STILL LIMITS TO THE NUMBERS OF CHRISTIANS.

CHRIST TELLS US IN TODAY’S BIBLE READING OF THE SMALL GATE AND THE NARROW ROAD. WE UNDERSTAND, THE SMALL GATE REFERS TO THE FEW WHO WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER AND THE NARROW ROAD IS FOR THE FEW WHO WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE WALK IN ORDER TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. JESUS TELLS US IN VERSE 21 OF TODAY’S READING: “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT ONLY THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.”

ARE YOU LIVING YOUR LIFE TO ENTER THE SMALL GATE AND WALK THE NARROW ROAD AS BELIEVER? ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE ‘ONE’ OF THE FEW JESUS SPOKE? YOU CANNOT WALK THE PATHWAYS OF THIS WORLD GIVING INTO SATAN’S DAILY TEMPTATIONS. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU WILL BE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. DON’T WAIT. FIND A QUIET PLACE IMMEDIATELY AND GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, ASKING HIM TO SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO RESIDE IN YOU. THANK HIM FOR FORGIVING ALL YOUR SINS AND ASK HIM TO PREPARE A PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR YOU.

ONLY A FEW WILL ENTER…’THE FEW, THE PROUD….THE REAL CHRISTIANS’. ARE YOU ONE OF THE FEW, THE PROUD?

TODAY’S PRAYER: “JESUS, MY LORD, I WANT TO ENTER THE SMALL GATE AND WALK THE NARROW ROAD. I WANT TO BE ONE OF THE FEW. I ACCEPT YOU AS THE SON OF GOD, MY SAVIOR, WHO GAVE YOUR LIFE SO THAT I MIGHT LIVE IN HEAVEN FOR ETERNITY. THANK YOU FOR LOVING AND ACCEPTING ME. AMEN.”