Every day we make decisions based on the choices we have before us. Do we want a chicken salad sandwich or a burger? Do we take the scenic route or not? Do we wear this outfit or that one? Normal, everyday choices. Our spiritual choices are, do we walk on the strait and narrow road or the wide road that many are traveling on? Oh, and what happens when we choose to walk on the strait and narrow road anyway?
Jesus gave us a choice when He spoke of the two gates, the wide gate, and the narrow gate.
The choice He gives is a life choice. It is a decision of who we will follow, which gate we will choose.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13-14
There was a time when I was straddling and dangling my feet on each side of the “fence of indecision,” enjoying, or at least I thought I was enjoying, both the broad path and the narrow path. I found out that you cannot serve both God and the world.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
We may fool ourselves for a while, but as I did, sooner or later, a decision needs to be made.
So, let’s take a closer look at the options we have.
Wide Gate and Broad Road
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Matthew 7:13
First, Jesus mentioned the strait gate but then He described the second gate that is wide and leads to a broad road.
The wide road has many attractions to lure people to walk this road. It is a road of no restrictions and travelers have access to all lustful things, passions and unhealthy appetites for any kind of addictions and sinfulness.
On this road, travelers can do what is right in their sight, they can enjoy any kind of sin, they can walk down any side path to see what will satisfy them.
Travelers on the broad road will find like-minded people who enjoy their sin, share sin with and all who travel this road walk in evil as their deeds are evil. They plan and devise evil schemes. They practice lawlessness, Micah 2:1-2.
They do not care who they hurt as they live only for themselves. Even unbelief in the Almighty God is a sin and those who do not believe in the Triune God are on this wide road.
Don’t ignore the caution sign on the wide road!
Strait and Narrow Road
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14
We can be thankful that Jesus gave us a choice. If the first option is a gate that leads to a path of destruction, then the second gate, the strait and narrow gate, must have something better behind it. It is reassuring to know that it opens to a path that leads to eternal life.
To enter through the strait and narrow gate, we must experience conversion and redemption. One cannot walk this path without first making a life-altering decision of following after Christ and His righteousness.
Entering through this gate is the beginning of a life of faith and requires godly living. We must put off the old carnal nature and put on the new nature that is clothed in righteousness, (Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:9). This means that we forsake all the desires we had for the old way of living, we let them go so we can give our full undivided attention to Christ Jesus.
In case you’re wondering what being ‘separated to God’ means, this post explains it for you, What Does it Mean to be Set Apart to God?.
The way is narrow and is protected by the commandments and instructions that guide and direct us in how we ought to live.
Daily we must deny ourselves and forsake the old way of living. Though the way may be difficult at times, as we grow in our faith and understanding of the Word of God, the path will become more pleasant. Yes, we live under grace but the strait and narrow road is still a difficult road.
Because the gate is straight and the path is narrow, there are few that find this way. It is not a well-traveled road as many pass right by it in pursuit of their passions.
The few who do find this path and travel on it will be the few who find heaven as their reward.
This may be a path that is hard to walk at times but the eternal rewards are far worth the pain we endure to get there. We must persevere in prayer, persevere in living holy and blameless before God, persevere in running the race. This path is not easy and that is why there are few who find it. It is a path that leads to life and is well worth the pursuit.
Here’s another post to help you understand a bit more about the holiness of God in Why You NEED to Desire More of God.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Luke 13:24
That’s a Wrap
…choose this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. based on Joshua 24:15
The choice is yours. Will you choose the wide gate and broad road that leads to destruction to enjoy sin for a season or will you choose the strait and narrow road that leads to everlasting life?
…Come out from among them…be separate…put on the new nature…renew your thinking based on the Word of God…live holy and blameless…
My choice is made, how about yours? Will you choose the strait and narrow road?
As always, I invite your thoughts and comments. I’d love to hear what you think about the two gates.