[March 15]
Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14
IS NOT this a very narrow way? Yes, it is so narrow that it is wide enough to admit only the Lord's plan and those who are willing to discard all other plans, projects, and questionings, and to devote themselves fully to its service; and who are quite willing to bear any reproach it may bring. Are you endeavoring from day to day to vindicate the divine character and to make known God's righteous ways? Are you diligently studying to make yourself thoroughly familiar with the truth, so that you may indeed be a living epistle, known and read of all men within the circle of your influence? Are you indeed a workman that need not be ashamed? Are you of those who have really given themselves to the Lord, saying truthfully to him:
"Take myself—I wish to be
Ever, only, all for Thee"?
If so, you are just narrow-minded enough to say, "This one thing I do; and I make everything else bend to this one thing of showing forth God's praises and of helping others into his marvelous light; and to this end I cultivate and use what talents I possess as a wise steward of my Heavenly Father." Z'12-194 R5045:3 (Hymn 277)