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Verse of the Day

Matthew 7:13

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Application

This scripture begins with a gentle loving plea from Jesus, urging us to make a choice. He tells us to choose the narrow gate. But what exactly is this 'narrow gate'? Jesus tells us in John 10:9, "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved". Therefore, Jesus is telling us to choose Him.

Jesus then provides us with a brief description of each road. There is a broad road that is easy, many are on it and it leads to total ruin, hell. The other choice is a narrow road, it is difficult and few ever find it (heaven). Jesus describes only 2 choices. Either you're on the broad road that leads to hell, or you're on the narrow road that leads to heaven. You may believe this is narrow minded or intolerant. Yes, it is. But what you believe does not change what Jesus said. Jesus never said many paths lead to God. In fact, in John 14:6, Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one enters the Father except through Me." One choice. One path to the Father. Period.

If you believe there are many paths to heaven, what evidence do you have to support your belief? And are you willing to stake your eternity on it?
How does one enter the narrow gate?
Thankfully, you do not enter the gate by following a list of rules. You choose the narrow gate when you begin to see your sin as God sees it. You must first admit your sin and then turn to Christ for forgiveness. When you turn to Christ for forgiveness, He gives you His Spirit. His Spirit begins working to change your heart and mind, which then changes your priorities, which then changes your behavior. It is He that enables you to walk the narrow road. You have no power of your own to walk the narrow road. You need Christ to get to heaven.

How can I be sure Im on the right road?
When Jesus said that many are on the broad road, Jesus was implying that most people are believing in something other than Jesus Christ in order to get to heaven. What do you believe? Below is a brief description of the travelers of each road.

Broad road travelers rarely sacrifice. Self gratification, personal ambition and freedom to do as one pleases are the main building bricks of the broad road. The broad road traveler believes there are no moral absolutes, no real truth, and that whether something is right or wrong depends on the individual. There is plenty of room for all kinds of beliefs and tolerance for all kinds of sin. There are no boundaries and no rules.

Narrow road travelers enter the gate with various levels of self gratification, ambition, etc. But over time, the Holy Spirit changes the heart and these personal desires are replaced with a desire to know God and what HE intends for their lives. Being popular with the crowd is replaced with pleasing God. Priorities of the narrow road traveler change over time because he begins to seek the mind of God, the truths of God, the ways of God; and then strives to live them out. Instead of doing whatever he pleases, he begins to seek to please God. How does one discover what pleases God? By reading the Bible and praying. If youve never read the Bible, the gospel of John is a great place to start. Spend a small portion of your day reading the bible and talking to Jesus. If you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. Deuteronomy 4:29.