The Narrow Way

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13, 14

Some people think Christians take pleasure in these verses. They believe we carry them around like a badge. The reality is that as believers in Christ Jesus these verses should scare us to our very cores. Jesus says that many will choose the way that leads to destruction, but few will follow the path that leads to life. Have you ever stopped to think of what salvation is? I explained it to a friend the other day; this is basically what I said,

“God created this world as a beginning for our eternity. He created mankind to love, but he has given each and every one of us the ability to choose acceptance of his love or to reject it. Those who choose God’s love will one day be snatched away from this temporal zone, and experience the perfected life that God has always planned for us in his presence. However, those who do not choose God’s love will not be permitted into everlasting perfection. Instead they will be placed with the rebellious angels and Satan in the abyss. All of this… this is just the beginning. This isn’t real.”

Have you seen the movie The Matrix? The lead character, Neo, is offered a choice. Continue his existence as it is, or experience real life. All he had to do was take a red pill. Our faith is not all that different from the red pill of The Matrix. Believing faith in the Lord Jesus’ sacrificial atonement for our sin will open our eyes to the real world, and allow us to escape that which is not. But Jesus taught that only a few would accept this faith, but many would follow the path that leads them to destruction. Even worse, Jesus knew that some would take his offer and corrupt it. Creating something just as terrible, but also deceptive.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

Do you assume that everyone who attends worship service on a regular basis at your church is a follower of Christ? Do you ever look over the crowd and wonder who has placed their eternal livelihood in the hands of Jesus? Sometimes I sit in the balcony at my church and I look over the crowd. I wonder if Billy Graham is correct in his assertion that only 15-25 percent of those attending church on Sunday are actual born again believers in Jesus. Can it be that all these people standing during this worship set, with arms lifted high, eyes closed,… could they still be lost in their sins?

Reading Jesus’ words… it should wake us up. How can we go-about church “as normal” knowing many will miss the narrow way that leads to life? We can’t. Jesus spent all of his time, all of his effort trying to share the Gospel with the world around him. He made sure that every interaction, every conversation was an opportunity to share God’s love with those who were around him. This is the job he has given the church. This is our calling. It doesn’t matter if you are a pastor, a teacher, a deacon, if you care for the infants at your church, if you are a lawyer, a CPA, a dentist, a mechanic, a shoe salesman, work at a fast food restaurant, are on a football team, basketball team, soccer team, or if you are a student in school your calling is to be God’s witness to those around you. Your appointment as a believer in Jesus Christ is that of an ambassador. You have been entrusted with sharing the good news of Jesus with everyone around you. We have all been given this responsibility. Not that you must preach from the street corners, but that you are to model your life after our savior and allow his love to flow out into the world around you. You… We have been shown the way, and it is our responsibility to point others in the right direction.

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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