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Monday, March 25
The Narrow Way
In the sermon yesterday, we learned that Jesus claimed to be the only true passageway for the sheep of God to enter the true sheepfold of God. He is the Gate. This teaching is corroborated by the insights offered by Jesus here in His most famous sermon—The Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus highlighted the choice we have as human beings in this very famous text. The broad way is accessed through the wide gate. Many people will choose the broad path in life. This is the path of self-determination. This is the path for those who decide to live their lives according to their own will. This is the path for those who choose to reject the will of God for their lives.
Unfortunately, this path leads to destruction. This road may be appealing, but it is strewn with wasted lives that wind up in eternity separated from God.
The contrasting image is that of a small gate which leads to the narrow way. The narrow way is harrowing at times, but it leads to ultimate fulfillment and eternal life. The narrow way is the way of God. It is the path paved by obedience and submission to the will of God. It is not the easy way, but it is the best way.
One of my seminary professors, Dr. Jack MacGorman, used to tell us that his understanding of this imagery is that the narrow way is cut right in the midst of the broad way --- and the people are traveling in the opposite direction! I love that! That is how I imagine it.
We are on the narrow way. It is the way that leads to life. But we are constantly reminded of the broad way all around us. We are chastised and criticized by those on the broad way. However, we have to remain focused on the will of God for our lives. We must refuse to be slowed down and drawn away by the crowds who don’t understand the things of God. Jesus offers us both abundant life on earth and eternal life in glory. The narrow way is the only way that leads to those realities.
How do you distinguish between the broad way and the narrow way?