When someone claims to have a "word" from the Lord, we have no need to believe it until it proves to be true!
Lord, You are all my heart's desire. Open my heart as I read Your Word and help me to obey.
Do you choose the easy way? Are you on the path of life?
Having told us not to judge others (7:1,2), Jesus now urges us to make a crucial choice and to be shrewdly discerning. The choice is "the narrow gate that leads to life" (13,14). The discernment regards those who claim to speak from God or act in his name (15,21).
While Jesus wants us to have a child-like trust in God, he wants us to be adults in making decisions. What is "the broad road that leads to destruction," and how can you avoid it? What is the "small gate" that leads to life, and how can you go through it?
Jesus tells us how to appraise prophecy: as with a tree, just check out the fruit! When someone claims to have a "word" from the Lord, we have no need to believe it until it proves to be true (1 John 4:1). There is no shortage of counterfeit messiahs and false prophets (Mark 13:5,21-23). Some of them are extremely plausible, but do they really reflect the servant-hearted, self-giving Savior? And does their work bind people, or set them free (John 10:10)?
In your relationship with God, are you coming to know him or simply "serving" him in external things? Write about it.
Lord, help me to test things not by my feelings, but by the standard of Your Word. Help me enter the narrow way.