Two Choices One Answer
Enter 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. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14, NKJV)
Jesus did not speak of this gate as our destiny, but as the entrance to a path. There is a right way and a wrong way, and Jesus appealed to His listeners to decide to go the more difficult way, which leads to life.
He understood and taught that not all ways and not all destinations are equally good. One leads to destruction, the other to life.
“The strait gate signifies literally what we call a wicket, i.e. a little door in a large gate.” – Adam Clarke
“Jesus is not encouraging committed disciples, ‘Christians,’ to press on along the narrow way and be rewarded in the end. He is rather commanding his disciples to enter the way marked by persecution and rewarded in the end.” – D.A. Carson
The true gate is both narrow and difficult. If your road has a gate that is easy and well traveled, you do well to watch out.
“You must not, therefore, wonder if my precepts be hard to your carnal apprehensions, nor be scandalized though you see few going in the right road to the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew Poole
Almighty Father God, we all have choices to make in our lives. All choices have consequences. Thank You that by Your grace we chose to accept eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus. Lead us as we walk in grace this day. In Jesus name, Amen.
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