One of my favorite movies is called Facing the Giants. It was a low budget film that was produced by a church in Georgia and released in 2006. It’s about a football coach, and how redemption can change anything, including a terrible football team.
This morning, as I was reading in the book of Matthew, I came across a verse that reminded me of a great scene in the film.
The Narrow Way
13 “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.14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
In this particular scene, The assistant football coach is trying to teach the young placekicker how to get the ball through the uprights. He goes on and uses the above quoted verse to encourage the young man to “Put the ball between these pearly posts, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way to life!”
Jodie and Ava always chuckle together when someone mentions this particular scene, because of the “sing songy” way the coach uses this scripture to teach the young kicker how to put the ball through the middle of the uprights. But I think there is more to it than that…
As part of his “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus uses this scripture to show us something really important. It’s really easy to follow the crowd and live a lifestyle that we shouldn’t be. The world around us is crafted specifically so it’s easy to live in sin, while following Jesus and focusing on what scripture teaches us is HARD! So difficult in fact, that only a few can do it!
We need to focus daily on making sure we are honoring Christ in everything we do. It’s difficult, but not impossible. If we surround ourselves with People who love the Lord and spend time in the scriptures, We can’t lose!
Stay focused, pray daily, practice hard. In no time you’ll be kicking that football right through those pearly posts!