Mathew 7: 13 and 14, ‘ Enter ye in at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are there who go in by it: Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.’
Here we see two gates, two ways, two kinds of people and two destinies. The narrow gate and the wide gate, the broad way and the narrow way. People who walk in the broad way are many but people who walk in the narrow way are few. Broad way leads to destruction but the narrow leads to life. The choice is ours. The Gospel of Mathew speaks about two Kingdoms; one is the kingdom of Heaven and the other is the Kingdom of Darkness. Jesus Christ is the king of the Kingdom of Heaven and Devil is the king of kingdom of Darkness. Devil is trying to draw people to the eternal death through the broad way and on the other side, Jesus is drawing people to His kingdom through the narrow way. There is no restriction on the broad way and so we find many people walking on it, but the way towards life is narrow and full of restrictions. And that is why we find few walking on it. The term narrow describes that we are not called to twist the Word of God according to our philosophy. But we must bend and mould ourselves according to the Word. To live according to the standard of the kingdom of God, you need to go through the narrow way.
Let us study more about the narrow way that leads to the Father and that leads to life.
Who is the narrow Gate?
Jesus said in Gospel of John 14:6, “ No one comes to the Father except through me” and again He said in John 10:9, “ I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” So Jesus Christ is the only way in to the Father. And this Gate is narrow. Why is it narrow? Because you need to give your heart to enter through this narrow gate. In other words, you need to set your love upon God. Heart of the person is the core area of his whole personality. If you win the heart of a person, you have won him completely… So God wants to rule your heart…The person who is not willing to give his heart to Jesus enters the wide gate which leads to death. We need to give up and lay aside every weight and sin that easily beset us. There is a proverb “No Pain, No Gain”. We need to pay the price to enter this gate which is narrow. Now after entering the narrow gate, is the way broad? No! The way is also narrow. Here is the problem with Christians. They enter the narrow gate i.e they accept Jesus Christ but they live a life of wide way. Remember those who accepted Jesus Christ. If he walks in a wide way, he is not of Christ. We have people who go to churches as if they are fulfilling some customs. Their life style and thoughts are like those of the world. They are so much pressed by the passions and desires of the world that they even twist the word of God according to their convenience. Christian life is not walking on a highway with no restrictions and specials rules. Instead, the way towards life is narrow and full of rules….We like to follow TV superstars and famous players. We shape our hairs, nails and dressings accordingly. Not only the outer appearance, some of them even have set their hearts towards such rubbish of this world.
Anything that slows down the acceleration of Christian Life is from Evil and anything that take your heart from Christ is not from God. It may look good and expressive but don’t forget, it is leading you to hell. Are we not the children of God? So what is the difference between the Children of God and the Children of Darkness? 1 John 1:6-7, ‘ if we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not say the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another… ‘. The famous proverb ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’ does not fit for a believer. God did not call you and me to walk with the flow. In fact He called us to walk against the flow of this world. If we are sons of God, let us live according to the Standard of God. It is sad to see that we have Christians who entered through the narrow gate (Jesus Christ) but are walking in the broad ways (worldly). Entering through the narrow gate and walking on the narrow way are two sides of the same coin. A person who enters through the narrow gate must walk on the narrow way. Many famous preachers speak only one side of the coin ,that is to enter the narrow gate but they don’t speak about walking on the narrow way because people will hate them. If we preach about receiving Jesus in our heart, let us also preach the way that leads to life. Psalms 1 is the best example of this narrow way. It says, ‘ blessed is that man who do not walketh, nor standeth, nor sitteth in the counsel of ungodly, way of sinners and seat of scornful.’ Now you may ask, ‘ how can we live in this world then ?’ Because we come across such kind of people daily…The psalmist wants to tell us that we can talk with a sinner, but his ideas and his teachings must not pollute our spiritual life. We can talk to ungodly, but we must not imitate their evil ways. Then further down its says, ‘ his delight is in the word of God and he is the tree planted near the streams of water.’ God has planted us beside the streams of river of Holy Spirit so that we should yield good fruits in due time.
See what Jesus said ….’because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.’ Notice that both the gate and the way is narrow…That means accepting Jesus is not enough, but we must walk in the way that leads to life. The most significant thing is that very few walk through the narrow way. There may be many who get into the narrow gate (Jesus Christ) but only a few walks on the narrow way and find life. That’s why Bible says, ‘ many are called but few are chosen.’ If you notice, from the beginning of the creation, there were only a few people who found the promised land and life…. At the time of Noah, there were only 8 members who found life and rest all were destroyed. Further if you see, only two (Joshua and Caleb) out of all the Israelites entered Cannan,. Now when you come to revelation, the Spirit of God searches the church of Sardis and says “Thou has a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments” . Even though the church was full of people, but the Spirit finds only few that is worthy. Are you and me among them about whom the Spirit will testify us as worthy? Dear Reader, Jesus is coming soon. There is no time for us to concentrate on anything other than Jesus. Let us focus on Him completely, and tune our spirits to hear the sound of trumpet. Fill your lamp with oil and be alert because we will see the Son of Man in this generation. You may have received Jesus Christ long back, but are you walking in the narrow way or the broad way?? Are you travelling towards life?
This will help you. Please read Matt Ch 5-7 for further studies on this narrow way. Let us examine our relation with our Lord.
May God bless you!