All games have rules. When a football player throws an illegal block, an official throws a flag and calls a penalty. The whole team suffers. Hardly seems fair, does it? When a basketball player steps out of bounds, he loses the ball. The other team takes over. When a sprinter does not stay in her lane, she is disqualified. “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win” (1 Corinthians 9:24). Running to win means following the rules. You must always run in your lane.
This is a vital biblical principle. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). The way to heaven is narrow. You cannot run, willy-nilly, all over the place, doing all sorts of things to please yourself, living a life of wild abandon, and expect a good outcome. The way to eternal life is narrow. Jesus Christ defines it. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
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