No, no, it’s not an easy road,
No, no, it’s not an easy road;
But Jesus walks with me and
Brightens my journey,
And lightens every heavy load.
It’s not an easy road there are trials and troubles,
And many are the dangers we meet;
But Jesus guards and keeps so
That nothing can harm us,
And smooth the rugged path for our feet.
Though I am often foot sore
And weary from travel,
Though I am often bowed down with care;
A better day is coming when
Home in the glory,
We’ll rest in perfect peace over there.
A friend posted the first verse and chorus of this hymn on his facebook page. “Does anyone remember this song?,” he asked. I dropped a comment on the thread:
“This is one song we don’t get to sing/hear anymore. These days, the subliminal message flying around Christendom is, “The road to heaven does not have to be difficult…there are short cuts, you just have to know how to navigate your way.” Hmmm, the word of Jesus still remains, “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is DIFFICULT, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:14 (NLT – emphasis mine). May the Lord help us.”
Without mincing words, the times written in 2Timothy 3:1-5 are upon us. From discussions, posts, lifestyles, etc, we see a vivid display of the ‘last days phenomenon’. These are the days when believers seek every liberty to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want. These are the times when the Bible is tagged a mere history book, and people, even believers find fault with portions of scriptures, insisting that they were written by mortals, and therefore liable to contain human errors or biases. We are in times where the relevance of the Bible (history book as claimed by some) in the 21st century is being questioned. These are the days of compromises, here and there. These are the days of ‘jelenke’ (easy-does-it-anything-goes) Christianity.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we must live ‘hard lives’ as Christians. Jesus already bore the hardship for us at Calvary. However, there are rules, precepts, principles that we must abide with as followers of Christ, and these require some self denial from us. Unfortunately, most of us Christians today are not interested in denying the self. We want to enjoy fleshly desires like every other person out there, hence the constant fault-finding with the Bible and propagation of doctrines that are contrary to scriptures.
Examining God’s dealings with His people from time immemorial points us to one fact – God’s people are a “called out/separate” people. The hallmark of Christianity is to live a separated life unto God. As mentioned earlier, this places a demand on us, which is not always easy on our flesh because “we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures” Galatians 5:17 (TLB). Yes, we stumble, and sometimes we utterly fall, but our constant stance should be, “For though I fall, I will rise again” Micah 7:8b (NLT).
Instead of looking for an easy way out of the constant friction between the flesh and the Spirit (compromising); instead of searching out ‘short cuts’ and ‘quick fixes’; what we should consistently request from God is grace, grace, and more grace to live the life worthy of God’s calling. It wouldn’t matter whether some call the Bible an outdated history book or whether they claim the Bible is fallible; one thing is sure and it is that the Bible, the word of God, holds eternal truth. Do not allow anyone deceive you or tell you otherwise; the road we are journeying on is narrow and sometimes difficult and it is the only way that leads to life eternal. There is no ‘short cut’ or ‘easy way out’. There is no sitting on the fence. If we are on our way to heaven, we have only one option – the ‘not-so-easy-narrow-road’. May we receive immeasurable grace to keep straight and not derail. Amen.
Jesus is LORD!