How to Stay Focused on Living God's Will
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13
Many will enter through the wide gate. We can see how true this is in our world today. The wide gate is easier, and its occupants would argue that it’s “more enjoyable.” However, the happiness is temporary, and the consequences are long-lasting. For a Christian, though, the joy found in following God’s will and entering through the narrow gate is eternal and the effects are permanent. In a world that is looking for the easy way out, it can be difficult to stay focused on what God’s will is for your life. If you will stay the course, you will find that life with the Lord is so rewarding. So how do we set aside the earthly ways that hold us back and look to the heavenly things above?
- First, give Him your first fruits. It can be difficult to focus on the Lord when life is so busy. By the time the day ends, God tends to get the leftovers almost as if He’s an afterthought. However, when He is your first thought and gets the first moments of your day, you are able to focus on Him and start your day off with a peace that only comes from above. This allows you to stay focused as you go throughout the rest of your day so that when problems arise, you will be able to take them to Him first.
- Second, live like He has a plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that His plans are to give you hope and a future. Some people have used that verse and turned God into something else like a genie here to grant 3 wishes. God’s will is bigger than that. He wants you to be a part of His bigger plan, God's will for mankind. That will is that all would come to know His saving grace. He wants you to help carry out that plan by witnessing to those around you. It is a blessing to be a part of something bigger and greater. It gives you purpose, and His desire is that you could live out this purpose.
- Lastly, trust Him because His will is better for you than anything you can plan. Psalm 9:10 says that if you know Him you will put your trust in Him and He will not forsake you. What a promise He has given us. He will NEVER leave us. He is the most trustworthy one we can have in our lives. The Miriam Webster dictionary states the definition of trust as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” We can fully rely on Him because of who He is and how He works in our lives. Ultimately, we can trust Him because He knows our future and has a plan for us.
The joy that we find as Christians in a life with the Lord surpasses any passing happiness the world can offer us. When we live in God’s will, we can find purpose for our lives that goes beyond ourselves. While the wide gate may at times look easier, the rewards found through the narrow gate are lasting and eternal.