THE NARROW GATEWAY
Matthew 7:13-14 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (14) But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
The apostle John records Jesus giving us some clarity on this way. John 14:6 Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.
There are many selfish, self-centered, egotistical, and yes even seemingly religious ways to wind up in hell. There is only one gate into God’s Kingdom and that gate is Jesus. Claiming that is why people call us, “narrow minded.” My response to that is, “Yes I am, because Jesus said the way is narrow and that He is that way.”
The narrow road is difficult because we must repent of our own ideas about salvation and true religion and accept what God says about them. In choosing to accept the finished work of Jesus on Calvary we reject our own righteousness and our ability to save ourselves.
The narrow road is also difficult because the world says, “There are many ways to God. And only the worst of sinners will go to hell… if any.” To refute this makes us a target for the world’s disdain. We will be persecuted. Jesus promised we would have trouble in the world, but He also said to be of good cheer because He overcame the world.
Father in heaven, thank You for the way You’ve provided in Jesus Christ. May that message go forth today in the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name, AMEN!!!