I believe that we will all count it as Eve’s first act of rebellion in the garden. R.C.Sproul observes, in his book “What’s in the Bible”, the following; “The tension in this moment and Eve’s struggle to obey are played out on almost every page of Scripture from this point forward. Who will rule, God or man? Will mankind seek autonomy or will he submit to the authority of God? Will man serve God or will he pursue personal power, selfish purposes, and sensual desire? Whose word will prevail?
The choice, offered by Jesus is to abort, turn around, and leave our stuff right there in the middle of the road, retrace our step to that oh so invitational entrance and take a right.
Who would be there but God and His Word; His solitary and totally reliable map which traces the destination to His Heart, defined by Christ’s blood.
Why did He then give us choices? Ultimately it must have been that He wanted us to have an opportunity to grow based upon weighing the difference between our own understandings and His.
As it is with any father, He has prescribed “the way”.
In Mar: 7/13 He described them emphatically; the Narrow Gate, and the Wide one. We are tempted daily with the choice of which one we will enter. One that embodies, along with the primrose path of ease and comfort; and the unfortunate commitment to the idea announced by the Sinatra song ” I did it my way”. All of which clearly promises life without recrimination, to which we give much applause as a brave and triumphant course.
This option narrowly promises destruction, though some assume not by death, but withdrawal of all that is precious and eternal. Is that not enough to lose?
Thus, we are all challenged, perhaps not so simply defined, with even the simplest decision. While we gloried in the open door policy of much of mankind, we entered the broad gate for a time, struggling with our baggage, large and small piled upon the huge cart in tow, not knowing our destination. We maneuver through the dense traffic of those similarly burdened; no purpose, no map, no GPS.
Let’s do it His way.