Running with the current is always fun and seems the natural thing to do. It produces greater speed and avoids the resistance for an easier trip. However, when the time comes for arrival at the dock, a surprise awaits the inexperienced boat-handler. Control and maneuverability are virtually absent. In the grip of a swift current, a smash-up is often the consequence of approaching the dock in the same direction.
So is life…Running with the crowd seems the natural thing to do, and pleasures along life’s journey often take the mind off of the arrival which we all must face. A Bible proverb similarly states, “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof leads to destruction”(14:12). Also, “it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). If we are ever to gain spiritual control over our naturally driven lives and reach God’s desired destination, we must chart a course of great resistance. The world will ridicule and oppose people on such a path; so, be prepared, even when the resistance comes from those nearest to us.
Our Creator clearly tells us to go against the current. Jesus says to “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…Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7: 13-14). Our Savior also said that he who would follow Him must take up his cross…that anyone who wants to save his life must lose it, but he that will lose his life for Christ’s sake will find it (Matthew 16:24-25)…indeed, and arrive with great rewards!