Throughout Scripture God only gives two choices for how to live our lives — as He said in Deuteronomy 30, we can choose life or we can choose death.
Where this command is found:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
The command to Choose the Narrow Way that we find in Matthew 7:13–14, is much more than just doing the next right thing. It’s choosing to walk in an ever-deepening, ever-growing and everlasting relationship with Jesus! The fact is, all humanity must choose between one of two ways: the narrow way leading to life, or the broad way leading to death.
The early disciples of Christ were called followers of “the Way.” In other words, they were not just known for their initial decision to follow Christ. They were also known by their lifestyle as one of living for Christ! In like manner, once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, we must allow the Holy Spirit to bring every area of our lives into conformity with the heart God — this is choosing the narrow way. The Holy Spirit will then be able to empower us to no longer live for ourselves, but to live sold out for Christ!
Choosing the narrow way is not simply choosing to walk a path of do’s and don’ts. It is actually choosing a Person: Jesus Christ. Christ is the Way and He is also the Life that empowers us to fulfill this command. By making Christ the center of our life, not only will we be walking in the narrow way we will also enjoy the eternal rewards of obedience to Him.
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It helps to understand the difference between the gate and the way: the gate is how we enter into new life with Christ; the way is how we learn to walk in this new life. Don’t be discouraged by the process!
How would a woman feel on her wedding day if her husband was saddened because his focus was on all the other women that he could not marry? The focus shouldn't be on what we are turning from, but Who we are turning to!
Choose the Narrow Way — Part 4
The world promises life, happiness, and pleasure now, but it ends in death. God’s way starts with death — death to self and embracing the cross, but ends in life, peace, and rest.