Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life.'  Matt 7:14

'The Lord had said to Abram, 'Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.'  Genesis 12:1

The road was so narrow that Abram was called to walk, he had to leave his family and  belongings behind him and go out alone to follow the voice of God.  There is something very attractive about this story; the sense of aloneness and the wide open spaces to be explored.  Yet, surely it is symbolic of our call to follow Christ.  We might not actually leave our families and homes physically, but we must pass through that small gate and leaving all behind, follow the voice of God out into the aloneness of His Presence.  We don't begin to follow a group, a church, or a leader, we follow Him who has called us.  We can't bring anybody with us either; we must walk alone with God and hear only His voice speaking to us and directing us.

God said to Abram 'I will make you in to a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.'  Genesis 12:2

This is surely a reflection of what happens to those who truly follow Him; those who, within their hearts, leave family, friends and households to follow Christ.  He blesses them abundantly.  He gives beyond anything they have ever given up for Him.  He is no mans debtor!

The narrow way becomes the wide open place and our hearts like Abram's expands so we can become a blessing to others.  Let us diligently seek to go through the narrow gate and find the depths of God.