Matthew 7:13 ďEnter 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 narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
In life we are offered two roads to travel. A wide gate that leads to a broad and seemingly easier path or we can enter the narrow gate where the road will be a difficult one to travel. The broad road leads down a path devoid of barriers and often lined with forbidden fruit that is sweet to the taste but upon digestion begins to poison the soul as it drains the life from the individual who partakes of it. The broad path is the same exact broken, lonely road the proverbial crowd chooses to travel. And its end brings destruction to all who venture down it. Such spiritual destruction is indiscriminate in who it devours. Rich and poor. Young and old. The educated and the ignorant. All races, all creeds. All religions. All nationalities. No matter the circumstance, any who chose to walk this path will suffer the same fate. The other road winds through a narrow gate, leading to a path that will be difficult to travel and impossible to walk in the flesh. It is the way of our Lord Jesus Christ and it will be difficult to find because few will hear the message of salvation, grace, and mercy that He preaches through His followers. It isnít because those who choose the broader path donít hear Him calling, but it is simply because the message of the cross conflicts with the fleshy desires of man and man in his sinful nature wants his own way, in his own timing without regard for consequence. Man chooses to look to the outward, foolishly acknowledging what the eyes see as good. But the Lord looks to the inward, seeing man for who he really is; a fallen creation due to his own rebellious nature towards the Lord. There is a clashing here because the righteousness of the Lord cannot have fellowship with sin in any form. Cut off from the Lord due to his sinfulness man would have been without hope until a rescuer came in the Son of God, fully God and fully man, who would lay His life down on the cross in place of fallen man who deserved death but was spared by the wonderful grace of our Lord. Our risen Savior beckons to all who would hear His call to repentance and invitation to eternal life. But sadly a majority will choose the broad, easier path that leads away from restoration of fellowship to follow a path thinking they will earn salvation on their own. But it will be a way that leads to death and eternal separation and they will choose it over a difficult road, where if they heeded the Saviorís call, they would find He would lead them and carry them in the most difficult of times. My friends, I plead with you to hear the Saviorís call to enter the narrow gate and walk with Him on the difficult road that leads to life. Avoid the broad path for it leads far away from the One who gave His life for you, rose again and now stands calling to those who will hear. He does not will for any to perish and in His Son, Jesus Christ, He has paid the price for eternal life but the choice choose Him or deny Him is yours. My friends, I pray you will choose Him today.