It’s a crazy world! It’s a scary world! It’s a confused world!
Are there real answers? Is there such a thing as true love?
Is there a path to peace?
Daily Devotionals for Salty-Lit-Up Teenage Disciples has answers!
Based entirely on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, these devotionals offer power-packed answers for pain-packed problems!
Take this year long journey with Jesus and study His most powerful sermon!
Receive hope when you feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life over which you have no control.
Be encouraged that God has a purpose for every life – that means you!
Most of all allow yourself to be engulfed by the love of Jesus for an entire year.
Experience the joy of learning that the Giver of Love can teach you how to love!
BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2021!
MATTHEW 7:14_strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life…
My favorite path in Rock City is the Needle’s Eye. As many times as I have been there, it remains my favorite. Two large rock formations are close together but not touching—just barely not touching. As you enter the trail between the rocks, depending upon your size, you may be able to walk normally, moving forward. But as you continue, you come to places where the rocks are closer together. This is when some people have to turn side ways to continue. There are some very narrow passages.
The strait gate, which Jesus says leads to life, is also narrow. The Needle’s Eye leaves very little room for baggage. As you continue to travel the path some of the passages are so narrow if you brought along baggage, you will have to return to the gate and leave it.
Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, gave him this advice, concerning all the Hebrews he was leading to the promised land, Exodus 18:20 (KJV), “And thou [Moses] shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.”
As a salty-lit-up disciple do the same thing. Give light to the narrow path so seekers can follow it.
One True God, Help me be light to the strait gate and narrow way! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ casts off my baggage—I’ll follow the narrow way!
If you have never been to Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee, add it to your bucket list. You’ll find it at the top of Lookout Mountain. The area known as Rock City is full of many unique rock formations.
There are different paths to take as you encounter fascinating natural wonders. I have taken youth groups there but have never had a group that completed the journey at the same time—even when they took the same path. Some rush through, some stop and explore.
Because Jesus’ gates lead to life paths, you have the freedom to choose the path to follow. You have the freedom to decide how to spend your time on each path. How it ends is your decision. The apostle John says in I John 2:12-13 (KJV), “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.”
There are a lot of becauses in these verses. Each one is directed to a different stage in life. They are each about receiving the truth because of choosing the path which leads into a relationship with Jesus.
Lord of Truth, I know the Bible is written to me because I choose the truth! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ caused the Bible to be written to me—I will study!
MATTHEW 7:13_and many there be which go in thereat.
There are reasons many enter at the wide gate. It is tempting, accessible, and allows for baggage. It’s easy—all you have to do is follow the crowd, which requires neither intelligence (no decisions to make), nor courage (won’t be standing alone).
It takes little strength to do what’s wrong. It requires no thought process—just follow your natural instincts. There is no submission to rules or regulations, do what you want to do. Simply do what pleases you, and what pleases the people with you. There is no accountability for your actions. Personal responsibility will not be following you around. In short: No rules, No standards, No boundaries. Sounds exactly like the Land of Cocagne in the story of Pinocchio.
Pinocchio made the decision to become responsible and obedient. There was a reward for that—he would become a real boy. But when his friend, Candlewick, described the carefree land of excessive pleasures, the temptation was too strong (for a heart without Jesus). Rather than becoming a real boy, he became a real donkey—and all the hard labor that goes with it.
In The Merchant of Venice, 1600, Shakespeare said it like this, “All that glitters is not gold.”
Very seldom is the easy way the best way.
Merciful Jesus, Help me follow Your way—not the easy way. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to be bold and courageous—I will be!
MATTHEW 7:13_for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction…
Then there is the second gate. Jesus describes it as wide and broad. You won’t need any help finding that gate. It is wide—how could you miss it? When you reach an accountable age, your eyes are opened to two gates; you’ll see the widest one first. The size makes it visible, and … more tempting.
Because of its size, you see something else—how easy it is to enter. The wideness allows you to bring all kinds of baggage.
Not only is the gate wide, but once inside the way is broad. If in the baggage you brought along some pride, there would be plenty of room to add to it—until it becomes arrogance. If you brought just a little bit of a grudge, there would be plenty of room to add to it—until it becomes hate and bitterness.
In Jesus’ words it’s plain – this broad way leads to destruction. Count on it! Psalm 27:11 (KJV), “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”
Make the choice in your youth to enter the strait gate. It will save you numerous regrets in your adult life.
God Who Saves, Please save me from entering the destructive path of life. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ saves me from the wide gate—I will follow Him!
MATTHEW 7:13_Enter ye in at the strait gate…
Jesus teaches there are two ways to enter this trip called life. Each entrance has a gate. He said to enter at the strait gate. A path designed to lead you to treasure—an abundance of treasures. Treasures only God can give—which make them far more valuable than anything the world offers. Things like: I Timothy 6:6 (KJV), “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Contentment is one grand treasure! Stop and think for a moment what life would be like if you were content. That means you would be satisfied—not constantly wanting, changing, or re-arranging. It does not mean you shouldn’t ask, seek, or knock for improvements. It simply means you know the peace that comes with being satisfied.
Notice a requirement prerequisites this kind of contentment—godliness. When you enter at the strait gate, you will find godliness before you find contentment.
Psalm 5:8 (KJV), “Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.”
Psalm 31:3 (KJV), “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”
Psalm 25:4 (KJV), “Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.”
Ask God to help you enter at the strait gate.
Righteous Lord, I don’t know how to find the strait gate, but I can follow You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ leads to the strait gate—I will follow Him!