“Enter Through the Narrow Gate”
The way that passes through the narrow gate and that follows the hard road is the way of Jesus which is the way of grace, of trust, of humility, of service, of sacrifice and of simplicity. It is the way that few take but it is the way that leads to real life…to a life worth living.
The way that passes through the wide gate and that follows the easy road is the way of the world which is the way of demand, of anxiety, of pride, of greed, of selfishness and of complication. It is the way that many take but it is the way that leads to destruction…to a life of futility.
O God, help us to take the way of the narrow gate and the hard road rather than the way of the wide gate and the easy road.
And having taken the narrow gate and the hard road, help us not to commit the error of expecting our choice to somehow turn into a wide gate and an easy road; constantly remind us that the way that leads to life is narrow and hard all the way.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”(Matthew 7:13-14)