Freedom to run as fast as you want, anywhere your heart desires. Inviting isn’t it, absolute freedom no limits? Jesus told us how, but oh how I have misunderstood it. Matthew 7: 13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Note the spelling of strait, it is not straight but strait. As in the Straits of

“They say the Neon Lights are bright on Broadway”, isn’t it astonishing that the Broadway leads to Slavery, and the narrow way leads to Freedom. Think about a funnel flipped narrow side first then opens up to freedom, but the wide side first leads to slavery.

Not coincidentally, Psalms 119:32 Says the same thing “I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!” That word commandments in Hebrew is the word Mitzvah it encompasses essentially, “The Way” so when a Jewish boy turns 13 he get a “Bar-Mitzvah” = Son of The Way, the astonishing thing here is that, Who is The Way? Jesus, “I am The Way, the Truth, The Life” – That means the Mitzvah. The coolest thing about all that is what Jesus is the way to, “No one comes to the Father, except by Me.” He is the way to the Father and that is absolute FREEDOM, but it is oh so, so, so narrow.

Think about how easy and strait the way is when you know exactly what the Father/God would like you to do. When you know it for sure, like the prodigal son you are running for that steak dinner. I’ll never forget the night God showed me how I had missed opportunities to serve Him by simply reconnecting with old friends, I could hardly wait to get to it.

Jesus made that way with His work and there is nothing I have or will do that can get me there. Then with an enlarged heart the knowing the will of the Father, free from the bondage of sin, we can run and I mean run.

Yet a few verses later, Jesus said, 18″ A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. “ Oh, how I have pondered that verse this week. My question being that: How is it I can be a good guy one minute, (love, joy, peace etc..) then the next get mad and go off and pout? So I know its double minded, but it would appear I don’t understand the verse, and worse what about dear, dear family members who I know haven’t found “The Way” are they corrupt trees? When I shared that this week, my dear friend, Harold Dyer, he encouraged me with, “Robby, have you ever tried to eat a persimmon that wasn’t ripe?”

Further pondering of my own fruit, sometimes I get worms, or I allow the birds to come and eat into a piece or worse let the little foxes of the Song of Songs, “Nip it in the Bud”. Lord help me to take the Narrow way, Jesus, I know He will guide me into Freedom and help me to protect the fruit so others can taste, the sweetest name I know.