Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Enter Through the Narrow Gate

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate. Small is the road that leads to life and few find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 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 the easy way. But the gate to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. NLT

Luke 13:24 Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

John 5:23 He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

John 6:29 The work of God is this; to believe in the one he has sent.

John 6:40 My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.

These scriptures tell us that Jesus is the narrow gate. He is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6) We must lose our self-focus, our pride and surrender our will to Him. This is why it’s described as narrow and difficult. Our salvation isn’t earned. It’s a gift of grace which we humble ourselves to accept and trust.

Dallas Willard in The Divine Conspiracy says, “The narrow gate is obedience - and the confidence necessary to it. We can see that it is not doctrinal correctness because many people who cannot even understand the correct doctrines nevertheless place their full faith in him...The broad gate, by contrast, is simply doing whatever I want to do.” 

Lord, following you is not easy but it is a marvelous way. Help us stay on the narrow road. Help us seek your face daily and become more like you.

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