Enter by the narrow gate. . .
difficult [is] the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
~ Matthew 7:13-14 ~
We began this year’s academic studies on Monday, August 15th and I’m already tired! But as always, I look to my heavenly Father for strength to persevere, patience to teach, and above all, love to cover the multitude of attitudes and motivations that accompany teaching an 8th grader.
I often marvel at how God appropriately named our school because it truly describes not only our studies, but also our lives.
Before we began our homeschool journey, I asked our Father what He wanted us to call our private school. His response, Calvary’s Way. I’ve thought much about what it means and I’ve learned several things. First, the word calvary is much easier and more pleasant to say than Golgotha; Golgotha is Hebrew for, the place of a skull.
Second, the way of Calvary always leads to death: Death to self, to the world, and to the devil’s influence in our lives. Jesus said He came to give us life abundantly (John 10:10), but it will only happen when we deny ourselves and take up our cross to follow Him (Matthew 16:24).
Following Him is difficult, but we don’t walk it alone; Jesus walks it with us. Most people only hear, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me…” (Psalm 23:4) at funerals. But I believe it also applies to daily living as we learn to die to self. Even Jesus walked the valley of the shadow of death. You see, from before the foundation of the world, Jesus was destined to become our Redeemer: The innocent Babe of Bethlehem was born to die at the place of the skull, Golgotha.
Last, there is another paradox to the way of Calvary, it also leads to life: For Jesus died and was buried, but He rose again on the third day. In doing so, He made us partakers of His victory; we walk daily on Calvary’s road with Him, being conformed into His image, eventually walking into eternal life with Him.
Romans 8:18 puts the way of Calvary into perspective,
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
I remember hearing about a woman who loved Jesus throughout her life. She walked the way of Calvary until she arrived home. Near the end of her life she and living in a nursing home, when she could no longer fully quote her favorite verse, she spoke the one word of the verse that mattered most to her, “Him.” That’s Who our life is all about, isn’t it?
Lord bless you, my friend, as you walk that difficult way which leads to eternal life. And remember to rejoice, for at the end of Calvary’s Way your Beloved awaits you!
Dear Father, thank You giving Your only begotten Son, Jesus, that we should not perish but have eternal life; for giving us the Model to help us as we walk on Calvary’s Way; and for being with us, that at the end of our lives, though we may only be able to whisper, “Him,” when we come home to You, we may hear, “Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21). In Jesus’ name, amen.