The Narrow Gate

7th May

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The road that leads to destruction is broad, and it’s gate is wide for the many who choose it. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14

It is so easy to “go with the flow” in today’s society. Temptation is everywhere. It is easy to follow the way of this world and become part of the many that take the broad road to destruction without even realising it. It takes little effort to live a lifestyle contrary to God’s best for us, because everyone around us seems to be doing it.

Jesus in His “sermon on the mount”, encourages His listeners (His disciples), to take a stand against the things of this world and not follow the path that leads to destruction but live in the opposite spirit. However, He warns that this lifestyle is hard, the path is narrow and the road difficult. This is so true. In todays ‘day and age’ it is so hard to stand up for justice in an unjust world, to be pure when there is so much immorality around, or even to believe when we are surrounded by so much doubt, unbelief and pessimism.

However, the underlying truth of today’s message is that we are called to be among the number who are willing to stand against the flow of the world, to be different and to not compromise when everyone around us is. Yes the road is hard but the reward is life and not death. Living life how God intended for us has so many benefits and blessings. Moreover, we do not walk the road by ourselves, by walk it side by side with the Lord, whose Spirit is ever present in our times of need and weaknesses.

Will you chose to find the road that leads to life or get lost in the crowds on the road that leads to destruction?

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