Saturday, 24 February 2018

Two ways

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  Matthew 7.13-14

From the very start of time life has been a story of choices. Eve could eat from the tree or not eat from the tree. Cain could have loved Able or hated him. Joshua and his family could have chosen God or pagan gods. Elijah challenged the people to choose God or Baal. Jesus had just talked about serving God or stuff.

But here we have the most important choice of all. This choice results in either life or destruction. The choice is made difficult because one choice is through a broad gate with an easy path and the other is a narrow gate leading to a rough path.

There is a choice for life.

Sadly most of the world would rather just go through the broad gate, down the easy path, and not think about the destruction at the end of the road. It all looks so easy and, really, no one likes to deal with bad news so they would just rather not think about it.

But there is a tight and narrow gate as well as the broad and easy one. This one is fraught with trials and hardships and difficulties. The gate is such that few find it. This is the gate that leads to eternal life. It is the life that is entered by turning from sin and turning to Christ. Few find it in part because the labourers to show the way are few.

Everyone starts down the path to destruction. That is the default path. It is our task to direct others to the straight and narrow path. Life is still going to tough on this path. We are going to suffer pain and heartache and sorrow. People are going to get sick and die. We may even face open opposition. But at the end of the road is an eternity of peace with God.

It will be worth is all when we see Christ.

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