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The Narrow and Wide Gates

The Narrow and Wide Gates: 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. Matthew 7:13

What did Jesus mean?

The phrase “narrow is the gate” is fairly easy to understand, but what did Jesus mean when He said it? A narrow gate is harder to pass through than one that is wide. This is the same for a road or a path. Only one or just a few people can go through it at once. Now can this be considered difficult or discouraging? Possibly, but let’s think about what He’s saying here.

When a message like this pops off the page and I stop reading, this is something to pay attention to. God is signaling me to hang tight and dig a bit deeper for a moment. As I do this, I read the passage a few times over. I may ask Him what he’s trying to show me and seek His wisdom in the area of my life that needs the attention. It could be quick, it could be slow. It may even take a few days for me to “get it”.

What spoke to me today regarding this passage is this:

Life is tough, situations are tough, and times can be challenging. By saying “difficult is the way which leads to life,” Jesus was explaining how hard it is to be a Christian. How this may apply to my life or the lives of others, I believe this also means to keep our eyes on the goal, because it will be worth the effort in the end.

There are going to be times when we want to give up. When it seems like there is no possible way we can do or achieve what it is we’re striving for. The easy response to that is to quit or just keep doing what everyone else is doing. Following the herd, stay with the pack, not making a life for ourselves that stands apart or sets us out from others. Making a statement, making a difference, standing for what we believe in and not being afraid of the outcome. This also goes hand in hand with FEAR and FAITH and understanding the power of these 2 things. But for this message today, this one is about a choice.

What path are you choosing?

Why would anyone choose the narrow gate anyway? If it’s so difficult compared to the smooth and easy way, why would we do it? Because often we find adventures, thrills and rewards when we take the difficult path. Have you ever been out hiking and we’re forced to decide between 2 paths? Naturally, your instincts are drawn to the one most traveled. But in an instant you find yourself also drawn to the one that looks harder to do. More obstacles, less used and most likely very challenging! The difficult way may bring an experience that is unequivocally the most rewarding experience of our lives. We may see, find and encounter the one thing that sticks with us forever. Which one are you going to choose?

What are we looking for?

There may a place, a vision, a dream, or a desire we are looking for. A new body, better health, the love of our lives, or the freedom we need to be with the ones we love. No matter what that looks like for you, it’s yours and you deserve it. Yes, the path may be bumpy and Yes there may be challenges, but so what! When you get to that moment where you can look back and say to yourself, “I DID IT!” -“I MADE IT HAPPEN!” -“LOOK AT ME NOW!” “LOOK AT WHERE I AM TODAY!” – then it was all worth it.

WHAT IF?

What if you decided not to go? What if you got scared and decided it was safer to chose the other way. What if you look back with regret as you watch others moving on and moving forward and full-filling their dreams, rewards and goals? WHAT IF…….? Do you want to live a life of regret because of fear? Or do you want to move forward in faith of what may lie ahead?

Look at your level of commitment.

Are you taking the narrow gate ? Are you taking the risks? Are you choosing to live? It’s a choice you have to make and that choice is up to you. This He promises you, for “the life that now is” and “that which is to come” can be yours. (1 Timothy 4:8)

Be Blessed

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