Not all Christian lives are lived equally well
Jesus’ well-known “two paths” analogy is one of his most famous and certainly one of his most haunting. Jesus’ message is simple: eternity is real, and we all have a choice to make. Either we will spend all of eternity with God or without Him.
What I have discovered is that not only is there a wide and narrow road as it relates to salvation, there is also a similar dichotomy in the way we ultimately choose to live as followers of Jesus.
To be clear, I am not suggesting our calling has salvific implications. God’s love for us is not conditioned on what we do. He loves us because He loves us. Likewise, we are not saved because of our “works” we are saved by accepting what Jesus did for us - nothing more.
But what I have seen is that once we are saved, we are faced with many choices on how we live. Put simply, there seems to be a wide road and a narrow road, for Christian living. Not all Christian lives are lived equally well.
Jesus emphasized the importance of how we choose to live in the parable of the talents. In this powerful story, not all the servants steward what they’ve been given equally well.
It’s hard for our modern ears to accept the idea that some Christians will make better choices resulting in greater rewards, but this reality is scripturally inescapable.
It seems that as Christians, and certainly as Christian artists, we have a choice to make. What will we do with the talents Jesus has given us? What path will we choose?
In my experience, most choose the wide path. Those who choose the wide path chase after the same dreams like everybody else. Looking to worldly standards, avoiding hard things, and ultimately remaining self-focused. Sadly, the artist who takes this path rarely speaks clearly about Jesus and often resents having to use his or her gifts to build God’s kingdom. “I mean it's just like any other job right?”
The narrow path is like the name suggests - meaning it must be sought out. The one who chooses the narrow path doesn’t follow the world’s patterns. In my experience, those who choose the narrow path embrace discipline, accept correction and are willing to submit to authority. Those who choose the narrow path are willing to endure incredible hardships to see godly goals accomplished. As a Christian artist choosing the narrow path means laying our gifts down to serve others and build God’s kingdom.
I have been in the music ministry for ten years, and I have seen the strong pull between the narrow and the wide. I have seen people choose the narrow road, stick it out, sacrifice incredibly, and make a huge difference. But I have seen far more people settle for choosing a wide path.
Here’s what I have discovered: God wants you not only to be saved, but he also wants you to live a fruitful life. He wants to use your gifts to transform the world. But to be used like this, it means choosing a narrow path that few follow. Choosing this path doesn’t mean you will be loved more or less, saved or not; but it will mean a life well lived and greater riches for all eternity.
If you have accepted what Jesus has done for you then you have received the greatest gift you will ever receive. Choose the narrow path.