M A T T H E W 7:13
“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.”
What is it that is so appealing about doing something most other people don’t do? I have never met a person who didn’t enjoy the compliment of being called genuine. I have, however, met many people, and would even go so far as to say about every person I’ve ever met, who despise the comment, “You are just like everyone else.” Albeit, the context and circumstances of those words being recited are usually negative, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that people hate to hear it.
Why is that? Why does everyone want to be special…different…unique? Even people who are lonely, once they are no longer lonely, still want to be special. I am not saying there is anything wrong with it either. It is just interesting that this desire is something deep inside of us…to be different, yet, not alone.
Could it be that we were created with this desire for a very important purpose?
I believe it to be true. I think God intended us to sense our uniqueness. And now the truth comes out, I really do think each person has their very own distinction, something that makes them unlike anyone else to have ever lived/or who will live on the earth.
It’s sort of like when handprinted t-shirts are made; they are all different and unique, no two exactly alike, yet, they are all t-shirts with the same design. I know, it’s not the most accurate neither cool example, but the point still stands: we are all human — same design, same species, same thoughts, same instincts, same physical processes…I could go on — but no two are exactly alike…no two have the same spirit.
I am writing this because I once had a teacher who told my class something like this: “You are not special. Nobody is special. Because we all think we are special, that we have something that nobody else has, and if we all believe we are special, then that likeness nullifies our uniqueness.” Again, I am writing this because I have always disagreed with that teacher but I know there were people that day who believed him/her and that is a very sad thing.
Bringing all of this back to Matthew 7:13…choose the narrow path. It is already inside of you to be set apart. Satan deceives and distracts with other ways to be different or set apart. “Be the smartest, dumbest, funniest, kindest, prettiest, weirdest, strongest, etc.” Some of these distractions are negative, some are positive, some are even really great ambitions, but he uses all of them to make you focus on you. He will never lead you to Jesus, the only One who can truly set you apart from the rest of the world. In Him is where you will find your true self, your unique spirit. To Him, you are a pleasing aroma, unlike any other. He is not a man. He incomprehensibly was, is, and always will be. And you were created for His pleasure. Pursue that. Strive to be everything He created you to be.
The world tells you to be you, but God says you can never really be you until you find Him.*
*It doesn’t actually say this in the Bible, but God revealed it to me and so, they are His words and not my own.