Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The question we ALL must ask ourselves daily is "what road are we traveling on?" When we arise each morning, which gate have we set our minds and heart on to enter in?
In this text, Jesus gives us a description of 2 gates or road that are daily and often entered into and traveled by humanity. One is described as the "narrow gate" and the other is described as the "wide gate."
In this life we are given choices, including the path in which we will take in this life and life eternal.
In Jesus' description of these 2 gates, He puts in a conjunction called "but"to join together and show the connection between vs #13 and 14.
Yes, there are 2 gates to enter in or 2 roads to travel, "BUT" only one leads to life everlasting with God the Father in heaven and very few travel it.
The narrow or the wide? Which have you chosen to enter in? Which have you chosen to travel on today? One leads us into unity with God through Christ Jesus and the other leads us to a place of separation from God.
There is no in between path in life. We all are on one or the other.
We all are either sheeps who follow Christ or goats who have gone astray, or, we are either wheat that can be used for many different purpose by God in His kingdom or we are tears that comes along and choke the life out of what it attaches itself to. We are either in a relationship with God or out of relations with God.
No, there is no middle ground where salvation is concerned. We are either connected or disconnected where our relationship with God is concerned.
Which gate have purposed in your heart to enter in on today?
In the wide gate there are no limits, no restrictions, free for all, do and say whatever pleases you, live how you want to, eat, drink and be merry.
On the other hand, the narrow gates has requirements called "faith, self denial, obedience, prayer, submission to God's authority, reverence and honor for God and His Word."
Indeed there is a difference in the 2 paths. Self sufficient or God dependent!
I leave you with this thought:Whatever your choice, remember, that one leads to a path of eternal life with God and the other leads to death which is separation from God in eternity.
My prayer for you and my urgent plea to you on today is that you choose wisely for your life now and in the future depends upon your daily choices.