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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 7:13-14

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

Last week I was reading a guest column in the local newspaper. The columnist was confessing to a particular bias that she had dealt with and overcame in her life. That would have been all well and good had she stopped there. As is often the case, she didn't!

She went into the transference mode and used the mighty "E" word---EVERYBODY! She wrote: "Everybody has this same type of prejudicial bias." Hold it Nellie! I have enough of my own shortcomings without you imposing yours upon me and everyone else in the world.

It was almost as if she was trying to justify her sinful attitude by saying that not only were a few other people guilty, "everyone" was guilty. I guess it falls under the attitude of misery loving company. For the life of me I fail to see the joy in having a bunch of miserable people clumped together. Where in the world would we find hope or comfort if "everybody" were in the same miserable condition?

There is another aspect of the concept "everybody". It is a justification to participate in questionable or even out and out sinful activites. It's okay to do it because "everybody" is doing it.

Many modern day parents are being coerced by their children to allow things that should not be permitted. These parents fall for the old stale line, "But everybody is doing it!" Or, "Everybody has one." It is sad that many young people have been targeted and subjected to exploitation because their parents gave in and allowed their children to do things that posed a danger.

It is well past time for people to stand up and do things God's way regardless of what "everybody" around us are doing. We need to inquire of God's Word and read what He says we are to do. If God says something is wrong, we need to stay as far away from the activity as possible.

Jesus said that the path to heaven and eternal bliss is narrow and hard and only a few will enter in. The way to hell and eternal suffering is wide and easy and many (everybody) will enter in. Choose the right way!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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