Matthew 7:13 (NLT) says: You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
When I talk about living life on the edge I'm really talking about living your life without Jesus. I know some of you are saying "here he goes again talking about Jesus!" Yes, that's right. I want to ask you a question, why do people get upset when people talk about Jesus? Is it because you are not living your life the way He asks you to? Are you living your life the way you want to live it? Are you trying to do things your way instead of God's way? I just don't understand why some people get upset when people write or talk about Jesus. You must understand it's not about me or you. It is about Jesus, the one who died for you and me. It's about the One who was with God when God said let Us make man in our own image. (Genesis 1:26) John 1:1-4 (NLT) says: In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created. What I'm trying to say is there are some people who knew Jesus even from their youth and they know right from wrong but they choose to live a life of doing wrong. That's what I call living life on the edge. Today, I mainly want to talk to the young people. First of all I'm not pointing my finger at anyone because I've been there and done that. The only thing I want to do is lead you down the right road. I see so many of you going down that road of destruction, going down that same road I use to travel down in my young days, that road that leads to failure, disappointment, the road that leads to drugs and alcohol, the road that leads to prostitution. It leads to testing the water before you get married, in other words, men and women staying together, having sex and so on. The road that leads to men sleeping with men and women sleeping with women, the road that leads to robbing and killing, the road that leads to abusing women, girls, men and boys and it also leads to disobedience to mothers and fathers. I could go on but I need to stop there talking about this road. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying all young people are going to go through some of these things that I'm talking about in this article. There are some young people who fear God and want to do what is right and there are some who don't fear God and choose to follow the world which follows after satan. Young people, I'm not putting you down, I'm just trying to lead you down the right road. Believe it or not, you are the future that is to come. You have to be a world changer! So I ask you to get to know Jesus while you are young. Because there are too many young people following the world and following down that road of destruction. To be honest with you that is what the devil wants you to do, get on that road of destruction so he can kill you. See, he knows when you get on that road it takes your mind off the things of God then you will start focusing more on things of the world. Some of us get on that road of destruction but we immediately get off because we know that road is not for us. And some of us will try out that bad road and decide to stay there and start living their life on the edge. You must understand there is a consequence to pay if you live your life on that road of destruction. So I ask you now, today, to give your life to Jesus and let Him guide you down the right path. And whatever you do, don't forget He's not mad at you, He loves you and wants you in Heaven with Him. So today, be a world changer for Jesus. In closing, our life can be like a puzzle. That's why we need Jesus to put the pieces where they need to go. I don't know about you but I can't make it through life without Christ in my life. We all have a calling on our life and that is to minister Jesus to the whole world. Now I recognize all the things I did before I was saved were just stepping stones in my life to get me closer and closer to God. I want to give a shout-out to Lana Grace Massey. I pray that God will bless you and keep you and lead you where you need to go in life. Hang in there, don't let anyone or anything get you down because you are a child of God and above all, God loves you so much. Amen...
Marcus Chandler is a longtime pastor and columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 908-9507.