Not So Random Thoughts 19

Matthew 7:13 “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. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

The words of Jesus as set out for us in Matthew are piercing. We must not simply brush them off and go on in a dream world. Jesus Christ was and is the Truth Himself and He spoke nothing but what was true. He gave us words that are strong and yet clear. There is a way to life and there is a way to destruction. The way to life is through a small or narrow gate and a narrow path. The way to destruction has a wide gate and a broad way. This should hit is with a direct shot to our inner person. Every single person in the world is on one of two paths. Every single person in the world is either on the broad road or the narrow road. That means that I (standing for each individual) am either on a road to life or a road to destruction. But we must know that people do not intentionally get on the broad road to destruction but instead think that they are on the road to life.

This should give us great pause and ask ourselves which road we are on. The Lord Jesus Christ did not utter these words and then leave us totally in the dark regarding the road that we are on. It may require a painful seeking of our own intents and motives. It may require a hard seeking of the truth in light of Scripture and not just what people around us are saying. It may require us to reconsider the books we read and the preachers we listen to. It may be the case that those who are the most conservative and the strongest of moralists are those who are not on the narrow path. It may be the case that those who are so well-dressed and so smart are not those who are on the narrow path. It may be the case that my denomination as a whole is not on the narrow path. It may be the case that all those nice people around me who speak such nice and positive things to me are not on the narrow path. It may be the case that those who profess to be Reformed are not on the narrow path. It may be the case that those who are the most learned professors are not on the narrow path.

Do you really want to know which path you are on? Do you want to be comfortable and not offend family and friends as you go on your religious way? Could it be the case that you are an offense to God and prefer to offend Him rather than your family and friends? Could it be the case that you are caught up in the things of religion and are not on the narrow path? Could it be that you are afraid to search out and find which path you are really on? It is much easier to hide behind a mask of orthodoxy, of religion, and of church membership than it is to search out the path one is really on.

While it may be frightening to some and perhaps seem ridiculous to others, the statement of Jesus should start all people on a spiritual search. After all, if we are on a wrong road we need to know that we are on the wrong road in order to turn or be turned and get on the right road. If you (or I) are not on the narrow road to life, then regardless of all that you do and what you think, you are on the road to destruction. If you are not on that narrow road to life in reality, then in reality you are on the broad road that leads to destruction. It may be that you diligently read the Bible and pray while you are on the broad road to destruction. It may be that you “evangelize” more than anyone else you know while you are on the broad road to destruction. It may be that you are a preacher or a hard worker in the local church while you are on the broad road to destruction. It may be that you have a profound knowledge of certain things of the Bible while you are on the broad road to destruction. The narrow road is indeed narrow. Few find that narrow gate while many are on the broad way to destruction thinking that they are on the way to life. Only God in His grace can open our eyes to see these things. We must learn to seek Him and Him alone.

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