Walk Through the Narrow Gate! (Through the Gospels)
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” ^Matthew 7:13-14
In life there is essential only two doors to walk through. A door that leads to Jesus and a door that leads to the world. While it may seem that there are many options to choose from, it is essentially between Jesus and the world.
The question you have to ask yourself is this, “Am I living for Jesus or am I living for the world?” Are the things that you are doing an attempt to enter the narrow gate that lead to Christ or the wide gate that leads to comfort and wordiness.
Jesus makes it clear here that there is a difference. The road to follow Him is both narrow and hard. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). What does this mean? To walk through the narrow gate implies that we must be loyal to Him. A true follower of Christ will have absolute allegiance to Him above everything and anyone else.
Their commitment to love and obey Him overrides every other commitment. As a result, there will be times it will be incredibly difficult to follow Jesus. There will be times you may be even persecuted, misunderstood and hated by the world who does not understand. “And the way is hard that leads to life” (Matthew 7:14).
Jesus compares this gate to the wide door which is a door that pleases and makes friendship with the world. A person who walks through the wide gate is loyal to the world at the sake of displeasing Christ. Jesus makes clear that many people who may think they are followers of Christ are actually walking through the wide gate. Which gate are you walking through?