4.24.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 82. Easy. Part 2.

Yesterday we were talking about this verse:

“‘Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” – Matthew 7:13

And then there was these few sentences in the description from Bibleref.

The choice most people will make is the wide gate leading to an easy path. The imagery of a “wide” gate implies something easy to see, and easy to get through. It also suggests something that accommodates our preferences: wide gates give us more choice over how to pass through than do narrow ones. Since what lies on the other side of that gate appears to be easy, it’s the choice most people will make. This has sad, heart-rending implications for the eternal fate of most people.

We’re talking about choices here. Talking about consequences. I couldn’t walk past this verse in just one day. There’s too much here.

The wide gate is the easy path, the one that most people will go down. The path of least resistance and the one that is…well….easy.

The narrow path, the one with Jesus, is the difficult road, the narrow road, the broken road, that Jesus invites us on. It’s not easy, there are rules, there are consequences and people won’t understand it all the time. Jesus invited His disciples on this path when He asked them to “Follow me”. They didn’t know the gate would be narrow, they didn’t know the consequences or the ramifications of a life of following Jesus….yet….they went.

Today. The gate is narrow. Will you continue to walk through it?

4 Comments

  1. Patti S on April 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    This devotional took me back to my studies. Most of my classes in the MFT program were ‘experiential’.
    One was ‘The Developmental Family LIfeCycle’. During that class, we moved thru the family lifecycle, and participated in everything from birth to death, throughtout the semester.

    There were two groups formed at the last class: 1) those that were left behind in the classroom to figure out what to do with the death of a loved one and 2) those of us that ‘figuratively’ died and went to a secret, separate location to process our beliefs about death and the after life.

    I was in the second group. There were 20 of us in that group, discussing death, heaven, beliefs. I remember I was shocked because of those 20, I was the only Christian. To put it another way, the others were on the wide path.

    It is interesting to me to connect these last few verses.
    It seems God uses us, and the concept of the Golden Rule to help another find the narrow way.
    Is God calling me to be more ‘bold’ in my faith?

    Because of Him

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 27, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Good stuff Patti. Maybe God uses all of these different things to draw us closer to Him so that we can then use it to draw others closer to Him as well. Pretty cool….

  2. Beth l on April 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    yes there is only one way and that’s God’s way

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 27, 2021 at 10:40 am

      Amen Beth.

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