“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14, NASB95)
While driving down a major street one morning, I noted a car coming out of a side street on my driver’s side and driving diagonally across the road directly in front of me. I began to slow down as it looked as if the driver was doing this to pull in the lane ahead of me, but the driver stopped and made a right turn on a road running alongside a set of railroad tracks. What was interesting to me is that as much as I take that route, I never noticed that side road before. But the driver before me had no hesitation in going down that road, as he or she must have been aware that it would get them to where they needed to go.
As I quickly gazed down the side road, I saw that it was not paved. In fact, it looked rather rough and rocky. A lot of dust was kicked up behind the car that drove down it. I did not see a street name posted for it. It wasn’t much room for more than one car to drive down it as a time – another car would have to pull over to let the first one pass before continuing.
My spirit reminded me of another pathway of sorts. Matthew 5 – 7 recounts Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In Chapter 7:13-27 gives three examples of eternal life and damnation. Here in verses 13 and 14, Jesus is very clear that everyone will not take heed to the Gospel message – in fact, there will be more that will choose death over life. In verse 14, the word narrow comes from the Greek verb thlibō, meaning to experience trouble or difficulty, versus the word broad that means spacious or roomy. The reality of it is following the Cross can be difficult – that is why so few choose it. But when a believer understands that being on the narrow, rough path yields eternal returns, it is what they strive for. Luke tells us to “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” (Luke 13:24, NASB95)
I do not know how that driver found that road the FIRST time – perhaps a GPS directed them there or they had written instructions on how to get where they needed to go. What is directing you today and what road is it guiding you to travel on?