Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) – 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.
“Jesus sets his face against any idea that you can simply ‘go with the flow,’ allowing the crowd to set the pace and the direction. You really have to want to get in through this gate. If you just drift, allowing the current to take you where it will, you’ll miss it. But this gate leads to life, and the other sort all lead to destruction. The choice is spelled out at last, and there’s no avoiding it, no softening of the hard line. Choices matter; actions and motives matter. Learning to follow Jesus and to know God as father matter. Eternal issues are at stake.” [NT Wright, Matthew for Everyone, p. 76.]
1. What are some previous examples in your life that you had to make a choice between the narrow and the wide gate?
2. How do you envision yourself following Jesus through the narrow gate at the next challenge that life brings?
Prayer: Thank you Jesus that following you means to go through the narrow gate but it also life giving. Please help me to follow you, especially for the next challenge in my life. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s sing to the song, “Endless Alleluia” by Bethel Music.