What Jesus Would Say to Tiger Woods: Choose the Path to Par
Matthew 7:13-14 “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.”
Every day we have to make thousands of decisions: what to do, what to say, where to go, and what to eat. The list is endless. Tiger Woods has to make endless decisions like you and me. He struggles to hold his tongue and not say hurtful words; he struggles with time management.
Jesus helps us in our daily struggle to choose well. He presents some of the areas we have to choose between: two masters, two treasures, two preoccupations, two crowds, two destinations, light and darkness. What do these choices look like for the Kingdom of God? Seek first his presence, and worship him alone. Develop Christlike character, by increasing our faith, our hope, our love, and knowledge of his word. Strive through prayer and example to introduce others to Christ while there is still time. And we should our time, talent, and treasure to benefit Kingdom causes. Though these are general ways we live out the Kingdom, Jesus has personal ones for each of us as well.
Enter the narrow gate. It’s a command to take urgent action. The gate Jesus invites us to choose is narrow and the road is straight. It’s difficult and takes determination, but it is life. God provides us a way in, through Jesus. It is accessible. Our life depends on these choices. The Kingdom of God living through us on earth depends on our decisions. We can do this, together, with Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Ask Jesus today for help regarding your choices. Be specific about what you need. He is willing to save you from your sins and rescue you.
Jesus, I need you to direct my life. I chose you over my choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.