The Wide and Narrow Road – My Daily Bread!
Our call to follow Christ is taken from Mathew 7: 13-14 which says:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it”.
When I meditated on this passage I was reminded of the difference between a country road and a superhighway; and how similar they are in comparison to the narrow road that leads to life and the wide road that leads to destruction. How so, you might ask? Well the country road has fewer lanes, long and winding roads that are full of beauty with lots of the same stuff to see. On the other hand a superhighway has many lanes, fast traffic moving between multiple different places, and lots of different things to stop and see along the way.
The superhighway is usually easy to find with lots of road signs directing you to it, with many entrance and exits every few miles. In contrast the country road is less identified and harder to find with only a few entrances and exits with great distances between them. So when you get lost off of the country road you usually stay lost longer than when you get lost off of a super highway.
The superhighway has lots of rest stops and places to stop and eat, rest and or relax, in other words it affords greater opportunities to get distracted along the way to wherever you are going.
In contrast the country road has few if any distractions along the way, not much to stop for and few if any creature comforts we normally associate with the superhighway. The superhighway is usually going to happening places, big cities that are exciting and are perceived to have lots of interesting things to do. The country road is usually going to – you guessed it – the “COUNTRY’ where some say life is boring and exciting things rarely occur.
The superhighway sounds a lot like the ‘wide’ road Jesus spoke about – easy to find, fast paced, exciting, lots to see, going to many places with lots of people on it; but yet not heading toward God. While the country road sounds a lot like the ‘narrow road’ – few people on it, hardly any distractions, hard to find, beautiful to see and experience, hard to get lost if you stay on it and going to one main destination – salvation in Christ.
This passage is of profound significance for every human being that will draw breath between now and the Rapture. For Jesus was telling us that there are only two choices, the wide road to destruction and the narrow road to life. There are no other alternatives for both the Christian believer and the non-believer. Do you know which road you are on? It certainly behooves us to know since our very lives depend on it.
Saints, our Father in His perfect wisdom knew it was necessary to narrow our focus and take away any distractions for those who truly seek Him. So I am just going to say what we all know in our hearts, but fail to put into practice sometimes in our living – we cannot speed along on the wide road and expect to see or experience Christ; for that road leads away from God to destruction. To stay on the narrow road we are encouraged to ‘Commit our way to the Lord’ (Psalm 27: 5); praying that God turn our ‘eyes away from worthless things; and preserve our life according to His word.’ (Psalm 119: 37) And most importantly, to not let ourselves be distracted by the superhighway for Jesus is the “Way and the truth and the life”. (John 14: 6)
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