“The Narrow Gate” ( Matthew 7:13-14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

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Jesus says that few find the narrow gate.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

Jesus says the road to destruction is essentially an easy one in comparison to “the road that leads to life.” The road to life is “difficult” not only to find but to travel. Yet, Jesus also says that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He says His yoke is easy; His burden is light. Jesus makes eternal life sounds easy, not difficult. Jesus says to take up your cross daily; He says to leave everything to follow Him.

Perhaps this is the narrow gate He speaks of — this leaving behind everything to walk after Him. That road is hard; that gate is narrow and tricky to navigate; less attractive to the natural man. The natural man wants his own way — the way to destruction that is broad with the gate that is wide. Many do indeed find this way, walking right by the narrow gate and the hard road to life.

7 thoughts on ““The Narrow Gate” ( Matthew 7:13-14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

  1. A good word here, Carley. It is sad to think that the narrow gate that so many avoid is the only path to the true and abundant life. The narrow gate is of course Jesus. That gate gives us once again that breath of life breathed into the nostrils of mankind at creation… and lost so long ago in the garden. Thanks for the words today… God bless.

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