“Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction.”
Not all roads lead to heaven. There’s one path, one way, one Savior, and one narrow gate. This also takes away the misconception that the life of a Christian is easy. Verse 14 of Matthew 7 confirms that, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” When I read this passage, the word perspective comes to mind. Last night, two friends and I stood on the balcony of our apartment to view one of the, if not the, most breathtaking sunset I have ever seen in my life. I live in this apartment so I see the same view everyday, but we decided to climb higher to get a better view. Crazy, we climbed up one story and the view was completely different. Same buildings, same sunset, same people, just when it is viewed from a higher perspective, it changes everything. The same goes for a lot of the path once entered through the narrow gate. The closer you get with God, the better a perspective you have of it all. As well as the fact this sunset was after intense rains and storms. This life is not it, it is only this side of heaven and in reality this life is a storm and for the believer of Christ this is the worst it’s going to get before heaven.
The believer dies one death; most people die thousands of deaths before one due to bondage to sin. The wide and easy way that leads to destruction is also marked with death and bondage. The path is easy because the death is from sin, giving into every temptation, not from any death to self or denying flesh in which brings life. I am reading a book called “A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23” where he (Keller) goes chapter by chapter and explains what that passage in scripture really means and the true implications of what it means to be sheep to a Shepherd. One Chapter, he discusses Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley…” During the summer, Shepherds take the sheep on long treks through high country to god new pastures, during this time they are under his personal attention day in and day out, and although they are lead through deep canyons, surrounded by danger, cliffs, and the ravages of predators, the Shepherd is with the protecting them all the while bringing them to better land.
The way of the narrow gate is bumpy, filled with trials and tribulation, yet without rocks there wouldn’t be a way to climb up higher. Yes, the narrow gate is hard, but let not my grief mar the melody of my praise. Perspective. Pain? Absolutely. This earth compared to eternity with Christ?…what pain? In Ecclesiastes, the word “vanity” is interchangeable with the word vapor. All is vanity. All is vapor. YET. As Christians, we should never be so terribly concerned with our own little path of life that we don’t take time to care about people on the wide path. Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” These were some of the last words Jesus spoke on earth, this want a “P.S.” or “By the way”, this was obviously very important to Him so it should be to us. We cannot take materialistic things to heaven, but we can take people that we have met on the path and been used as vessels to bring to the Kingdom. So enter by the narrow gate, it leads to life and a relationship with King Jesus, keep the great commission in mind and foster the people on the wide path leading to destruction.