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.
Hiking through the woods is a good illustration of this concept that Jesus talks about in this passage… One of the paths in an area in my hometown stretches from one highway to another, there are parts of that trail that get very narrow and difficult to walk in some of the places, that’s how it is for us when we walk “through the small gate and on the narrow road, one slight misstep and down you go.
Let’s face it the easy way would be through the wide gate and on the broad road, in the woods I speak of there is a broad road on one end of the trail , there used to be a rest area and picnic tables there ,now at that end of the trail it is blocked off so you can only park there and walk. The path is easy to walk until you get to the wooded area where it cuts through the woods to the other entrance.
The thing is this, like this parable of the narrow and wide gates, God is simply saying we have a choice to make, one way is the easy way but will cost your life, the other way is difficult but leads to life! I can’t tell you how many times when hiking that trail on one of the more narrow paths I will roll an ankle or stumble a bit that’s how it is when we chose the path God sets before us.
Which gate and path will you chose? The wide gate leading to the broad road or the small gate and the narrow road. God has already chosen the path for our lives, will you obey and follow it or stray and be lost? the choice is up to you.
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