Bumper Bowling

Matthew 7:13-14
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

It has been many years ago but I remember when the concept of “bumper” bowling first came about. At the time, and it may be different now, they placed very long inflated tubes in the gutters, running nearly the entire length of the lane, to help keep the ball from falling into them. The idea was for those less skilled to be able to knock over more pins and have more fun at the game.

Since the bumpers didn’t quite go all the way, then, from the very start to the very end of the gutter it was possible to still get the ball in “the channel” and score nothing on that roll. I’ve also seen people throw so wildly and so hard they got the ball stuck and even jumped the ball over the bumper and gutter into the other lane! So, these guides weren’t fool-proof, so to say.

God has a path for each of us, kind of like the bowling lane I spoke of above. Scripture refers to it as the straight and narrow way. In His Moral Law, often referred to as the Ten Commandments, He has given us a set of “bumpers for life”, too. These Laws are designed to keep us on the right path, His way. But like the bumpers in bowling we can run a foul of them if we aren’t striving to keep our lives on the path He set out for us. Similarly, these guides won’t get us all the way to the “score”, into Heaven. No amount of keeping any of God’s Laws will save us, only His grace by our faith in Jesus alone will get us to the ultimate goal: eternal life with our Lord.

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