By: Lou Yeboah
Two Gates – Two Roads– Two Destinations – Two Groups of People – How You Living?
You see, in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about two paths of life and the final destination of each one [Matt. 7:13-27]. To emphasize His point, He contrasted small and wide gates, narrow and broad ways, good fruit versus bad fruit, saying versus doing, and the wise man versus the foolish man. In each case, one way led to destruction and the other to life. Considering the Alternatives, How You Living?
The Broad Way….. The way that says it’s my prerogative, I’ll do what I want to do! I’ll live like I want to live; I’ll make my own decisions and not answer to anyone. Go where I want to go, do what I want to do and be what I want to be. It is my life and ain’t nobody going tell me what to do and how to do it! Well, Well, Well. If that is your life, I want you to know that the Bible strongly admonitions you not to travel this path [Proverbs 4:14-15]. “Avoid it, do not travel on it.” “Turn away from it and pass on.” It enslaves – [John 8:34] it dulls the senses [Ephesians 4:19] it becomes a life of wickedness and violence – [Proverbs 4:17]. Final destination- Hell!
The Narrow Way… Not my will but Your will Lord! [Matthew 7:21-23]. Faith and obedience. Those who hear and do Christ’s commands! He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me. Those who walk this road are discipline, practice self-restraint and avoid sinful practices. It’s the way of the few. The narrow way is the path of wisdom. Those who walk it listen and accept instruction from the Lord [Prov. 4:10-14]. It’s the path of following Jesus. Those who enter the small gate believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for their sins. They trust Him as their personal Savior and surrender their lives to Him [2 Corinthians. 5:17]. The consequences of choosing this path”…the years of your life will be many.” – [Proverbs 4:10] “When you walk, your steps will not be hindered” – [Proverbs 4:12]”And when you run, you will not stumble.” – [Proverbs 4:12b] “Keep her, for she is your life.” [Proverbs 4:13] — The path of wisdom is what God would have you take!
Where’s your road taking you? Have you thought it over? Where will you end up when you leave this world? Will it be Heaven or will it be Hell? Will it be the narrow way of walking with God or the broad way of anything goes? Where will you end up? Paul gives us a very important word in [2 Corinthians 13:5], he says, “Examine yourselves!
Hear the Son of God again… “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 there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” [Matthew 7:13-14]
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before you life and death, choose life… [Deuteronomy 30: 19a]