Jesus said: Wide is the gate and broad is the way to destruction and many go therein. But narrow is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and a few people find it. (Matthew 7:13,14)
The wide gate represents the world. On this road all religions are right. They say: how can you say Christianity is the only right one. Who is to judge between right and wrong? The broad road is where a person plays with sin or even where sin is called good. On this road you can steal, lie, smoke, get drunk, listen to what you want, lust after who and what you want, curse who you want, be disrespectful to whom you want and flirt with whom you want. Anything takes the place of the living God. Money, sex, television, music, drugs, alcohol, sport, family, computer games, food, success, career, nationality, race or whatever, as long as you can have your idols and God. These things are not necessarily wrong within their God-ordained place, but for most people they dethrone God of His rightful place. We cannot serve idols and God at the same time. The broad road is the road where God is dethroned in your heart. This road leads to conscious eternal destruction and suffering away from God’s mercy, blessing and love. Most people are on this road and most people will tragically stay on this road according to the Word of God.
The narrow road looks much different. The gate is Jesus Christ (John 10:7). You cannot enter the narrow road unless Jesus Christ becomes your Treasure. You cannot get on the road without turning from your sins and idols (John 1:12). If you have not received forgiveness from your sins by the blood of Jesus, you will not find yourself on this road. To be on the narrow path means you surrender your whole life to God. When you are on this road you realize Jesus can and will not only be the Savior of your life, but that He must be Lord as well. If Jesus is not King (Lord) of all in your life, He is not Lord at all in your life. That means He is the rightful owner and ruler of your whole life. If He is your Lord (King), then you live in submission to Him and to His body, His people. Then you cannot do as you please. If He is King of your life then He controls your future. How you spend your money. How you spend your time and with who. What books and magazines you read. What music you listen to. What DVD’s you watch. What websites you visit. Who your friends are. Where you socialize. The words that come out of your mouth. Where you should stay. What job you should do, ect. In short, on this road, in every situation and difficulty you ask: What is your will Lord? not my will. And when God leads you, you obey. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “not all who say to me: Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of the Father in heaven.” This is the narrow road. The narrow road does not mean you never make mistakes or sin, but it does mean that God rules your life and that God saves you from your sinful habits and addictions. On the narrow road, Jesus lives within you through the Holy Spirit. On the narrow road, you value what is most valuable, Jesus Christ. On the narrow road, you are willing to suffer tribulation and persecution for the sake of Christ. On the narrow road, you are willing to suffer insults for the sake of Christ. On the narrow road the Bible is precious to you, and rules your life through the Holy Spirit. On the narrow road you delight in the laws of God and esteem the word of God above your own sinful desires. On the narrow road, you regard the fellowship with the people of God highly, above the company of unbelievers.
The narrow road guarantees eternal happiness and joy and is the only road to heaven. Let’s make no mistake. It is a difficult road. It is a road where you sometimes feel you want to quit. It is sometimes a lonely road. It is a road in the midst of tribulations and suffering, but with God and in God. Humanly speaking it is impossible to get on the road and stay on the road, but God said in Mark 10:27 “With Him all things are possible.”
Which road are you on?