“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. - Matthew 7:13-14
Jesus’ way is NARROW. Narrow means:
- of little breadth or width;
- limited in extent or space;
- limited in range or scope:
These days, such “narrowness” is seen as a problem or liability. Often, people are accused of being “narrow minded”, meaning not open to new ideas. Well, I have news for you, Jesus is VERY narrow minded and NOT open at all to new ideas! To enter life, we have to get on HIS narrow way! The road that ultimately leads to our destruction is BROAD, wide and VERY open to new ideas!
Take 10 minutes and honestly assess your life. Ask yourself the question, “What things in my life am I doing simply because it’s popular or expected in our culture?” You are looking for ways or practices that find you on common ground with most people and are opposed to scriptural commandments (ie- the broad road). It could be things like holding debt, allowing impurity or uncleanness in your home or marriage, gossip/slander... whatever! Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you and commit them to paper.
Take 5 minutes and REPENT. Go through your list and verbally confess areas of compromise in your life. Get off the broad road and shed what you have in common with those heading towards death! Ask the Holy Spirit to LEAD you back to the path of life (John 16:13) and DO WHAT HE SAYS!
The road to Destruction is crowded, the road to Life is sometimes lonely. Welcome to the narrow road. Not a lot of us travelling here, but the destination is worth it!