“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.” Matthew 7:13-14.
Contrary to what many modern-day Christians think and believe, Christianity was never meant to be “mainstream,” and it was never meant to be accepted by society. Yes, we are to spread Christ’s teachings to all the world, but Christianity was never meant to be a state religion, or to be a bandwagon or fad for people to jump on or off of as they choose, and it certainly was not ever supposed to be a political force–we can look back to history and thank the Roman emperor Constantine for the state of Christianity as we know it today. Christ said quite the opposite about what it means to seek after God. The road to eternal life, which is the road to God, is one that few people will find. Only those called by God will find this road, and this refutes any idea or notion that there are multiple paths to God. Christ alone is the way to the narrow gate. This road is equally difficult to follow, and it requires much hard work and dedication. Following Christ is not easy, nor was it ever meant to be. Christ here warned all who were listening to Him that day that the road to eternal life is not an easy one to travel, but the toil and strife encountered on that road pale in comparison to the reward that awaits us at its end.
If the road to life is difficult to find, the road to destruction is impossible to miss. This is the road that we are all on while we are slaves to our sin. This is the way of the world, and it is a road that does not require any excess work to travel upon. It is the path of least resistance. The road to destruction is wide and smooth, and paved not only with sin and vice, but good intentions as well.
There is hope for those who are traveling on the road to destruction. At any time, they can hear Christ’s call on their life and follow Him on the road to life. His sacrifice on Calvary makes it possible for all of mankind to have access to that road. He can save even the most lost and boldest of sinners and redeem them from the sins of their past.
Christ also gives hope to those who are on the road to life. He told us it is a hard road to follow–it is full of bumps and may lead through dark valleys. But He is with us through it all. He is our constant companion on this journey, and He will be right by our side for as long as we travel. We have nothing to fear. He will see us through to the end.
Do not get caught up in the crowds that are heading down the road to destruction. Seek after Christ and listen for His voice. He will show you the way to the narrow gate, and He will walk with you as you travel the narrow road to life.