Narrow Gate – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:12-17
Key Verse: Matthew 7:14
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
In today’s printed key verse, Jesus reminds all “would be” followers that they must make tough choices to follow Him. Jesus uses the illustration of a gate. He uses the Greek word “plue” which would be used when referring to a gate in the wall surrounding a city. In this case, the only entrance to the city is through this gate. Jesus uses this word metaphorically as He says that those who want to enter into the kingdom of God must pass through this gate.
Jesus describes two types of gates. One, Jesus said, is wide and many will enter it. This gate is used to illustrate those who choose the worldly kingdom. Those who enter this wide gate live for the now and seek self-gratification. This path is about making this present life as pleasant and painless as possible. We can see why Jesus said: Many enter through this gate.
The second gate Jesus talked about was not wide but narrow. Instead of many passing through it, Jesus said, “few find it.” This gate leads to a path in life that is always pointing to the joys of the next life! This path is not lived for the present but for the future. This path is sacrificial, with self-denial and, often, suffering. Yet, this path has a deep joy to it. It continually speaks of an inheritance. (Continued)
Father, I want to be one of the few that find the narrow gate and follow after Jesus. Grant me wisdom and courage as I make decisions today. In Jesus’ name, amen.