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Salvation is Simple but not Easy by Fred Goldschmidt

Jesus said "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (Matt 7:12-14)
Someone once said, “Becoming a Christian is the easiest hard thing you’ll ever do.” It’s easy in a way because the rules are clear, the choice is simple and the eventual outcome is known ahead of time. The choice to become a Christian is this: Jesus is in charge, obey Him completely, He will provide strength and joy for your time on earth, and a remarkable heavenly reward after. So you open your heart to God’s love and forgiveness, open your mind to God’s instructions and open your hands to serve. Simple. Not always easy, though.


So there are these two roads we can each travel on—wide and narrow roads. The choices we encounter are much the same on each road, everything from giving money to the needy to serving in soup kitchens, being honest (or not) on tax forms, how to care for elderly parents, which car to purchase, and the list goes on. Some choices are easy, some are at times painfully difficult. While the choices are often the same, the decisions made are worlds apart, depending on which road is traveled. The wide road takes the choice as serves a person’s best perceived interest at the moment. The narrow road takes the choice that serves God’s kingdom best- which is often a choice that benefits others the most. That’s hard. Very hard.


To be fair, the life God asks us to live is actually harder than we’re able to do on our own. For that we have the gift of God’s strength and a prevailing peace that enables us to do hard things and live for the life which is better in the end. God promises He would help us on every step of the narrow road we travel. Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” So that’s the good news- salvation is simple, but it’s hard. So hard you will need, and get the help you need from God himself!
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