A LIGHT ON THE NARROW PATH
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV®)
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Jesus makes a somewhat unsettling statement here. He identifies two possible outcomes when our days on earth are spent, and they’re defined in the broadest of terms: “destruction” and “life.” Those are our options. When your physical body wears out, you’re not done because your spirit is eternal. But eternity isn’t the same for everyone, and Jesus says here, “There are different paths. There are divergent paths. One is destruction, and one is life. Which would you prefer?” Then He describes the pathways: a broad gate and a broad path that many will take to their destruction, and a narrow gate and a less-traveled path that only a few will find. Did you know that being a Christ-follower is a minority position? That means if you invite 100 people to join you in the journey, they’re probably not all going to say “Great!”―at least not right away. Jesus said we’re laboring in the fields of humanity, saying to people, “There is a God. He’s alive. His Son’s name is Jesus, and He will change your life. There is a doorway, a gate over here, that leads to Him. It’s a bit narrower. Not everyone is walking that way, but I’ve been on the journey awhile and can tell you it’s been the most rewarding, the most liberating thing I’ve ever found. Why don’t you walk that way with me?” Share your Jesus-story. It’s a privilege to be a difference-maker in the lives of people.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have provided a way of salvation—a narrow gate and path, yes, but there for all who seek it. Thank You for the glorious blessing and eternal reward You promise to all who decide to walk that way. May many choose You and the narrow path, Lord, and may Your Kingdom be extended. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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