“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13
As a Christian, I return to Jesus’ words constantly. Either reading them or just thinking about what He said. These are the words I live by, this is the wisdom imparted to me, to us all, by the Savior of the world.
In Matthew 7:13, Jesus tells us that He is the narrow gate and that it will not be the easy choice to follow Him. The world will beckon, loudly, with all its glittery, “do whatever makes you happy” and “follow your heart” mantras.
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Instead of following the broad path and entering through the wide gate, I pray that you will choose the narrow gate. Choose it over and over, every single day. When the narrow way gets hard and treacherous, keep going. Ask Jesus to help you. Never give up. There’s victory in every step forward.
Jesus said few will find it, this narrow gate. My personal opinion is that few will find it because they won’t look for it. I don’t believe it’s hidden.
And yes, we most certainly are free to choose to live our lives, our way. But someday, Jesus is going to be standing before us. Living for ourselves and on our own terms had certainly better be worth it when our number comes up.
Let me say also, that, I believe Jesus loves everyone. EVERYONE. I believe Jesus wants us to sift everything through that Commandment, because that is what He said.
We love first, then we address the sin, in love. When we love first, we aren’t yelling at people that they are going to hell. When we love first and utilize the discernment of the Holy Spirit we give people grace. Everyone wasn’t raised in church. Everyone has their own opinions. All we can do is plant the seed.
And please hold on a moment with … “You’re not supposed to judge people.” Let me go ahead and stop you right there. Anytime anyone says that to me, I automatically know that either one of two things is happening:
A) They haven’t read their Bible.
B) They don’t understand their Bible and are taking that verse completely out of context.
The scripture actually tells us that we will be judged in the same manner we judge others. Also, that we should be sure we are repentant and we are not also ignoring sin in our own lives. There is a way to love people and share Jesus with them. Self righteousness won’t win souls to Christ. No one lives a perfect sinless life. The scripture says we have all fallen short. (Romans 3:23) In fact, it’s seeing a self righteous attitude in “Christians” that hinders people from considering Christ.
There is a way to shine light and tell others there is a narrow gate. We have a responsibility to point people to Christ. We have a responsibility to address sin in a biblical way.
Jesus never once said He wanted us to choose the path, the things, the lifestyle that makes us happy. He reminded us that following Him, choosing life in Him would be hard at times and that He is the “difficult” gate.
This path is holy. It requires living a life that sifts choices and decisions through Christ. We come as we are and then we begin a life long process of sanctification. In Philippians 2:12-13, Paul writes, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his purpose.”
We can’t really clean up our sinful lives without Christ. We can’t expect people to work out a lifetime of sin without Him.
He is the remedy. He is our help. It isn’t easy. But it’s beautiful.
No matter what you’ve done. Jesus can forgive you. He will forgive you. He will require you turn from your old choices and embrace a new life. He will require you are led by the Spirit and not the flesh. He invites you now through the narrow gate.
Love in Christ,
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