Imagine there are two trains at the station. On one train the destination is labeled "Life". On the other, the destination is labeled "Pleasure and Self Indulgence". You are not sure which one to board but know you have to board one.
You decide to check them out before purchasing your ticket. You climb aboard the Life train and it is fairly empty with only a few passengers. That is nice if you wish to be left alone I guess. You check out the other train and it is full of people. Everyone is laughing and it is a very festive atmosphere on board. Who wouldn't want to buy a ticket on this train you say to yourself!
You look down the tracks and see that both trains seem to be going the same direction. A ways down however, there is a dense fog that obscures the tracks and it is unclear if they continue in that same direction.
The trains are leaving soon so you need to move quick. There are murmurings that the Life train leads to a paradise but no one has ever returned from there to validate this claim. You seem suspicious of this rumor. No one speaks of the destination of the Pleasure train as it is assumed every one is going to board it any way.
Which one do you choose?
This analogy highlights the life God has gifted us. We live and breathe and have a choice which way we wish to live. We can live a life of pleasure and self indulgence and reap all this world has to offer. Or we can aspire to follow His way and deny ourselves the trappings of this world and cling to the Life Jesus laid out when he walked the planet almost 2,000 years ago.
In a Monarchy, there is only one train to board and the people who lived under Hitler, Mussolini and the Medieval kings knew this all too well and went to their graves without a choice. God offers us free will and choice. As the True King, he does not dictate that we follow Him. He offers us a choice and a life of abundance if we choose His way.
As for the trains, the train of Pleasure and Self indulgence eventually runs out of track and the passengers plummet to their death into a ravine. The train of Life passengers go on to a life of eternity with all of their needs provided and joyful experience.
Seems like a simple choice yet so many make the wrong one.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." Matthew 7
Which one will you choose?
Have a wonderful rest of the week and may God bless you in your ongoing walk with Him. And remember,
God always answers His kneemail.