A Narrow Gate
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:15-24
Key Verse: Matthew 7:13
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
The TV show “Deal or No Deal” asks contestants to make hard choices. The contestants bring “advisors” with them to help them make these choices. The lure of big money is always before them. Should they take the safe route and go home with less than possible? They agonize over these decisions, yet these decisions have nothing to do with eternal things!
You and I must make decisions that have eternal consequences. This world provides a wide variety of choices. Most of these choices look very attractive to our human eyes. In our scripture for today, Jesus calls these choices the “broad” way. In other words, it is always easier to gratify our flesh than discipline it. It is always easier to go with the crowd than fight it. It is always easier to go with the immediate than the eternal; so we have to make hard choices.
Trust and faith in God’s Word are the two critical concepts that help us make the right choices. If we trust the Bible and have faith in Jesus, we’ll choose the narrow way — the “less traveled” eternal way. Will I be happy on the other side of a decision that denies a strong fleshly desire? Is godliness really worth the discipline it takes to accomplish it? Are God’s rewards really that much better than the pleasures I see right in front of me? The level of your trust and faith will determine your daily decisions in these hard choices!
Father, I will need your strength to choose you over me; your ways over mine! Thank you for the promises of your presence that make it possible. In Jesus’ Name, amen.