“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Matthew 7:13
In Psalm 73, we find Asaph grappling with being envious of those who seemed to have a good life on the broad road. He couldn’t reconcile the truth that while he was obeying God and suffering, those who were living in disobedience were succeeding. In various verses in Psalm 73 he admits, “I was envious of the boastful when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Behold, these are the ungodly who are always at ease; they increase in riches. Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.”
But as a result of confessing his feelings and being open with God, he received clarity into the whole matter. “When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me - until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.” Once Asaph considered the destination of those on the broad road compared to the destination promised him by God, it made all the difference. He realized that even if God’s will can be narrow and difficult, it always leads to life, while the broad way always leads to destruction.
There’s a romantic thought circulating today that says, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” Although this sounds like a nice thought, it quickly becomes foolish when you break it down. Of course we can all enjoy the journey, but the final destination is vitally important. Could you enjoy a plane ride you knew for certain was going to crash? Of course not! But you can enjoy a plane ride if it’s taking you somewhere amazing. Therefore, those following Jesus on the narrow way can make the most of this journey of a life knowing that “while the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Join us Sunday as we open Matthew 7:13-23 and take an honest and healthy look at the broad way and “The Narrow Way”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!