December 6, 2010

Trains, Water and Jesus

What powers a locomotive? Or, what freezes water? Technically the answer could be "degrees." For each of these take place when a certain temperature is reached. For sitting at 211 degrees, a locomotive is simply a statue. Although increasing one degree changes all of that. For when the temperature reaches 212 degrees it begins moving. The same goes for water and the temperature of freezing, all it takes is one degree. It's crazy to me that we can be so close, yet one degree changes everything. Apply this to what Jesus said in Matthew 7.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it - Matthew 7:13-14

In other words, veering off path leads to destruction. And for anyone who has ever traveled a narrow path you understand that it doesn't take much to get off track. Furthermore think of this in terms of degrees and angles. At one point two lines can be in the same spot, but with the slightest difference in degrees the lines become distant from one another. 

I believe the same thing takes place in our relationship with Jesus and walking the narrow path laid out in scripture. Choosing to veer slightly from this path will only begin creating a gap between yourself and Christ that only broadens with time. And "broad is the road that leads to destruction." 

Where have you been veering away from the path? 

Lately I have encountered several questions about tithing, where individuals have set their own standard when it comes to giving. Which leads me to the following verse:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:10

The good news is, the same way one degree can change everything for the bad it can also change everything for the good. For once again the locomotive is motionless at 211 degrees, although at 212 degrees it becomes incredibly powerful. Either, or the choice is yours.