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Five Steps That Lead to Life

If you really want to get to know somebody, ask them how they see their life. 1


Some may answer by describing their life in these ways...


My life is a circus. 2


My life is a minefield. 3


My life is a rollercoaster. 4


My life is a puzzle. 5


What picture best represents your life right now? 6


The perspective we have of our life is important because that will affect how we invest our time, talents, treasure, and relationships. The way we see our life shapes our life. 7


Just like we can compare our lives to the analogies previously mentioned, we can also compare our spiritual lives to that of a path.


Matthew 7:13–14 (NKJV) says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.


We learned from this passage of scripture that we are all on a road trip called life, and everyone’s journey will ultimately end at the judgment seat of Christ. The choice that we have to make is the path we will take to get there...the broad path that leads to destruction or the narrow path that leads to life. Unfortunately, there will be more people who take the broad path than the narrow path.


Thankfully, Jesus shows us how we can walk this journey out!


It starts with these FIVE steps:


1. FOLLOW ME


Matthew 16:24 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”


If we’re going to take the road trip of life and walk down the path that leads to life. We’re only going to be able to do that by following Jesus.


2. USE THE LIGHT


Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.


If we want to avoid living a confused life, we have to be intentional about engaging with the Word of God.


3. TRAVEL WITH OTHERS


1 John 1:7 (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.


Along the way, we are going to have to make connections. People that are on the same journey and who will walk with us. These are the people that can provide accountability and encouragement along the way.


4. AVOID TRAPS


Hebrews 12:1–2 (NKJV) Therefore…let us lay aside every…sin which so easily ensnares us…2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who…endured the cross…and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


We must lay aside anything that may trip us up. We must heed discernment and, at times, make radical movements or adjustments to our life in order to avoid the trap.


5. ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S OWNERSHIP


Psalm 24:1 (TEV) The world…all that is in it belongs to the LORD.


The first job God gave humans was to manage and take care of God’s “stuff” on earth. This role has never been rescinded. God owns the path and everything along the path. As we walk it out, we are accepting assignments from God along the way, and those assignments belong to the Lord.


Walking the narrow path isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible! All we have to do is Follow Jesus, Use The Light, Travel With Others, Avoid Traps, and Acknowledge God’s Ownership!


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Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan 2012), 43.

 

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