“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.”
I want to ask the question; Are you headed in the right direction?
In every action of life, we will always confront a choice. We cannot stand still and must always take one way or the other. Thus, it has been one of the ultimate functions of God’s chosen ministers to confront man with the inevitable critical choice between life and death. Moses spoke to the people: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19.
When Joshua was laying down the leadership of the nation at the end of his life, he presented them with the same choice: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Jeremiah heard the voice of God saying to him: “And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.” Jeremiah 21:8
There are two roads leading to eternity and Jesus is confronting man today with those two choices. These two roads lead in opposite directions, one leads to heaven, the other to hell. All of us in the world today are journeying one of these roads. Every human being alive is on one of these roads because there are no others leading to eternity. There are no byways, no midway, no subways, no highways, and no throughways. There is only the narrow way and the broad way. PERIOD.
So I ask again, what road are you on?
Everyday we make choices that affects the direction in which we are headed. Many people think that the paths we can travel are many… In one sense that may be true, there are all kinds of religions. But in another sense there are really only two paths.
THE WIDE GATE… “for wide is the gate…”
This gate represents the beginning to the “way” that leads to destruction. It is described as “wide” because it is a gate which allows many to enter with no sacrifice on their part. It does not require giving up anything. One is allowed to bring along whatever baggage they desire; materialism, prejudice, hatred, an unforgiving spirit, believe whatever one wants to believe. This road is chosen by many because, there are no restrictions concerning belief and behavior. It also opens the way to “the path of least resistance.” There is no need for reformation or changes in one’s lifestyle. Many people love this path because they think they are free. They believe they are open-minded, they view themselves as tolerant of others in this same way.
THE NARROW GATE…”Enter by the narrow gate…”
This “gate” represents the beginning, to the “way” that leads to life. Why is it narrow? Because it is a gate which requires self-denial and obedience. This gate has no room for a consuming desire for earthly goods, an unforgiving spirit, and self-righteousness.
The Christian life is not an easy life. The narrow way is a battleground filled with potholes and traps, twisted turns and jagged curves. It is filled with high mountains and low valleys, stumbling blocks and mine fields. Along the narrow way we will encounter ditches and crosses we will have to bear. We will run into hills of difficulties and rivers of humiliation. We will struggle over rugged places and sharp obstacles. Every now and then, we will encounter stones of despair and rocks of sorrow. Oh yes, along this narrow path, we will come face to face with all kinds of tribulations, conflicts, false prophets and demons playing trick or treat. On occasion, we must dodge the stray bullets of discouragement and duck potent bombs of temptations.
Many seek to enter the Gate but are not able to because they are unwilling to unload their heavy burden. SIN! They want to enter on their own terms. Therefore, they try to avoid going in through the Gate, which is Christ Jesus, and stealthily climb over the wall. Jesus said in John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
There are many Christians who walk the narrow path for a while, but when the battle takes its toll, when the road gets rough, the going gets tough, and the hills become hard to climb, they give up and give in. You have seen folks who do well for a short while. Soon however, their church attendance begin to fall off, devotion to the Lord becomes slack, they begin to ease back into their former ways, back into their worldly habits, which they never really gave up because they climbed over the wall instead of entering through the Gate, which is Jesus Christ.
After reading this, I pray that you choose the path to everlasting life, In Jesus name, Amen and Amen.
Scripture of the day: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” ~ John 10:9
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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