Although the path to the Kingdom of Heaven is available to everyone, not all people will travel it because it is believed by some to be too difficult or people do not take the time to understand what it takes. The answer was spoken by Jesus Christ and it is written throughout the Bible, predominantly in the Synoptic Gospels. For those who choose to take the righteous path, there are many things that the individual needs to know and expect. It is the difficult path, full of troubles but, in the end, the reward is greater than anything. Without knowing how to stay on the path, an individual could end up losing that reward, which is everlasting life.
Jesus came to not only teach everyone how to be righteous but, He also died to cleanse the people of their sins. In so doing, He gave everyone the opportunity to choose between life and death. That is, life and death in the spiritual sense. “ Therefore, Jesus is teaching everyone to prepare for the spiritual life while in the physical world. Jesus has already done His part. Now it is up to the individual to do his or her part.
The first step is to ask for forgiveness of the sins that have been committed by the individual. Although Jesus Christ is the bridge between mankind and God, He has been given the authority by God to forgive everyone’s sins. His never ending mercy will be available because He forgives all who ask for it. He will forgive every sin except blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. That is the only so called unforgiveable sin.
After asking for and receiving forgiveness, the soul is cleansed of all sins and the individual must refrain from sinning in the future, in order to remain cleansed. Next, the individual must come to the realization that God loves everyone unconditionally, no matter what the individual has done in the past. God sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins After being crucified, Jesus was resurrected on the third day. The individual must wholeheartedly believe this is true. Believing this is a very important part that will lead to having faith in Him.
Possessing faith and trust in the Lord is the most important aspect of walking the narrow path to the kingdom of God. That does not mean just some times or when it is convenient. It means at all times. Trust Him that He will provide for every single need and do not doubt it or be deceived into thinking otherwise. Although things may not occur immediately or when it is desired, God works on His own time, which is always the right time.
Patience will help the individual to understand that the need to wait on the Lord will help to build trust and reliance on Him. The narrow path is not a short path. Otherwise, anyone could have patience and faith for a short time. That would not instill the true patience that is needed to inherit the necessary qualities to enter into the kingdom of God. Patience involves endurance through the testing of faith. There will be longsuffering but, through patience and faith, the individual will...