The stright gate and narrow way

BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:51

Matthew 7: 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.

Meditation questions:
*Where do I have to enter?
*Why is there only a few rather than the majority?
*Why do so many want to go or be in the way of destruction?

Speaking of life – which is in Christ Jesus – eternal life, Jesus made one interesting statement. This is one of the most radical statements by which He proclaimed that the majority will be condemned and never see the promised eternal life. How is it possible and why will it happen? – Simply because the truth that opens the door to the only source of salvation is simply too simple for the wise people of this world. The majority of people do not want to trust anybody except themselves… many worship their ideas, understanding, philosophies, beliefs… whereas to enter through the gate that leads to life you need nothing but to trust God and His word. To stay on the right path you need nothing but obedience. Any volunteers for it? – Not many.

Jesus was right – not many would want to deny everything they learned, have, believe, worship and join the crowd of the few who will proclaim that Jesus is the only way to salvation and who will be faithful and obedient even to the point of death. If you can picture this – it is not really a flexible path – it is narrow and from time to time very difficult… or it may seem difficult for those who walk comfortably on the broad way of self serving. The narrow way requires dying to self and it scares many away from it. People being shortsighted do not see the coming destruction on the broad way and are marching down to eternal damnation, not willing to let the “self-pleasing” go. I would, that I be more serious to learn the path, more consecrated to obey, so I can stay on that narrow path even if I don’t see much support from others.

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