The first temptation happened today, 25th April 2018. This morning I dreamed of myself going through a narrow road. The dream reminded me of Matthew 7:13-14 which I had been studying recently. The Bible teaches us that we should follow the narrow gate or road, a life following Jesus’s teachings and ways of life and one of seeking and doing God’s will on earth. However, it is also a difficult and sacrificial life. As compared to the wider gate or road, in which it is an easy and life of enjoyment, the wide road leads to destruction, as mentioned in the Bible, and many enter through it.
During the train ride this afternoon to the airport, I had another dream, which reminded me of the fact that I have two roads in front of me, the narrow and the wide ones. It was a difficult decision, because who would have chosen a road that is hard and difficult, in which we have to abandon our desire for enjoyment and lust? Most people would choose a life of luxury, and their aim of life would be to make more money and treasures on earth. But the Bible teaches us that “store up for yourselves treasure in heaven” (Matthew 6:20) and “You can’t serve both God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:24). We have to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, love our neighbours as we love ourselves, follow the Ten Commandments, Jesus’s teachings, read the Bible and do good to others. Then we can be proud as Christians, and lead a life of narrow road, which leads to “Life” (Matthew 7:14), the true Life.
The fact I choose “Temptation” as today’s topic is because, in our lives, we always come across with different types of temptations: First, when others sin, we tend to be critical, and judgmental to them although we forget that we also sin most of the time. The Bible teaches us that “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1). Therefore, we will be faced with the temptation to judge others in this kind of situation. Second, today I was faced with the temptation to decide and pursue on a wide road life today, although I know it is wrong, as the Bible has taught. Can I forego the wealth and easy life to follow Jesus? It is a struggle, but I know I will follow Jesus’s footsteps and be a proud Christian working for God. I can, can you?