“Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow, contracted by pressure, and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 Amplified
As we look toward the new year are some of us looking for a different path? They say doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Look back at the last year and review it for the things that happened to you. Be honest and see the times you made a bad decision, or you caused a problem that you had. It’s tough, but that’s the first step to a new life, admitting you are wrong sometimes. Don’t beat yourself up to bad about it, we all make mistakes, but determine that you’re not going to let that happen again, you will learn from your past.
As Jesus tells us in today’s verse, many take the easy way and go through the wide gate, because, well, it’s easy! He also warns us that this leads to destruction. If you see your life as a lot of heartache and hurt, then it might be because you’ve taken the easy way. The easy way doesn’t take much effort, you just float along with everyone else, doing what they do, acting like they do. Then further down the river you come upon the rapids and they bang you around, sometimes keeping you from ever making any further progress.
In contrast, the narrow gate presents us with the strait and compressed issues right off the bat. No time to feel sorry for yourself or collapse in a pile of mush. The narrow gate is hard at first because it causes you to press through issues and problems to a resolution so that then you are able to take the path that leads to life. A life of peace and joy, no matter what floats across your path. In going through the narrow gate you aren’t alone, Jesus is on the trip with you. It’s not that your journey won’t encounter some obstacles, but He will see you through them.
In concluding His sermon on the mount, where today’s verse comes from, Jesus said, “So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them, obeying them, will be like a sensible, prudent, practical, wise man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
Jesus is that rock, build your life on Him today.