“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.” - Matthew 7:13-14 New Living Translation
Pretty much everyone would love to go to heaven. Those thinking Christianity is nothing more than a bunch of rules and restrictive regulations may not, but the vast majority of us have their hopes set on being with the Lord throughout eternity. Those who believe they are good enough to enter in are mistaken. Those who are relying solely on God’s mercy are misguided. We can’t earn our way to heaven by doing good deeds because Jesus told his listeners no one was good except our Father who is in heaven. Millions profess to be believers, but how many truly are? How many understand what is required of them to enter into heaven?
Scripture says in many places we need only confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts God raised him from the dead and we are ‘saved’. This is more than likely why so many think all they need to do is believe in the existence of God and they are home free. What about what Christ did on the cross? Don’t we have to allow our character and behavior to be changed by the Holy Spirit that resides within us? Or can we continue to live the way we like with no thought to living a life that pleases the One who created us from nothing?
The road to heaven is said to be narrow, but that simply means it is difficult, not impossible. Jesus holds the key to achieving heaven. It lies in the forgiveness his blood bought. We are to focus on living a life that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. To those who are determined to do so the road doesn’t seem so narrow or difficult. That’s because our trust in God far outweighs our fears. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.