Matthew 7:13-14 New Living Translation
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
I liken the narrow way to heaven as a one-lane road going in one direction. I am not aware of any verses in scripture that speak of it being a two-way road with people coming and going, while I am certain that if someone had it in their mind to make a U-Turn, God wouldn’t stop them. I see it more as a single lane road heading in one direction with a shoulder and exit ramps providing many opportunities to pull to the side of the road or go off on a tangent, at times far from God’s chosen path. Free will allows for this.
The roadway to hell is paved with the lives of those who strove to please themselves. They became wealthy and perhaps even influential, but in the end were left nothing that could bring them peace, contentment or fulfillment. There is a reason Christ came and it was not to provide those who believe in Him with riches, power and influence. It was not to aid us in our climb up the ladder of career and financial success. These things cannot buy you ANYTHING that is lasting and certainly nothing that you can take with you in the afterlife. We strive for all the wrong things if we do not strive to please God first.
Solomon, the writer of Psalm 127:1, states the following: “Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” Now is the time to reflect on how you are building your house (living your life)? What is most important to you? What have you made your top priority? If it isn’t the Lord, then you are wasting valuable time that can never be recovered. The narrow road may be long, may be winding and difficult at times, but in the end, you will never be dissatisfied with where you end up. Trust God to fulfill His promises from scripture and have faith that you will always be provided for with just exactly what you need, just exactly when you need it the most. Until next time, Walk with the King and be a blessing!!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishing.