Gina Caswell Kelly
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter though it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
I have done lots of traveling in my life. And a whole lot of it has been done all by myself, just traveling down the road. I love to travel, although, I am not as quick to get out on the road alone as I once was.
The verse used at the beginning is a part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. In this sermon, I would venture to say that you can find a way to handle most, if not all your problems in just these verses. It is powerful reading. But, the narrow and wide roads have been on my mind lately. I guess it is because I am getting that “hankering to travel,” after having been in this solitude of sorts for so long.
When you travel across the country by car, you have a couple of choices You can take the interstates when available and you can just fly down the road, with giant Flying J’s and other truck stops conveniently located for stops. Certainly, as you go through towns on the interstate highways, there are all the main food chain stops for a quick burger and you get where you are going quicker.
The other choice is to stay off the main road and meander through the country roads and see what all there is to see. Of course, there are twists and turns and you have to pay attention, but there are also great sights to see along the way. Sometimes you might have to go a bit slower than you would like, but that is a good time to look around at the scenery around you.
Choosing the broad way is faster, but choosing the narrow way is more scenic. Can you see where this is going?
God did not pave a big old broad highway to bad decisions and an eternity without Him. He only made the way to Him. The reason one road is broad is that it has much more traffic on it. The narrow way is much less traveled. And whose fault is that? It is ours. Too often we want to jump on to the broad road because that is where everyone else is, or the stops we want to make (even though we shouldn’t) are on that road. Of course the traffic is heavier on the broad way, which is a shame.
Remember, God did not build a super highway of destruction and an out of the way Farm to Market road to peace and salvation. We did that. Don’t you think it is about time we start inviting people to walk with us on the narrow way? Don’t you think we should be sharing what we are seeing God do along the way with others?
Get off that broad path to destruction and find your way to the narrow path of peace and everlasting life with the Savior. I promise you, it will make a difference.