Not So Random Thoughts 20

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.’

It is hard to get people to come to the realization of the road that they are on. It is hard because sin is deceptive, our hearts are wicked and deceptive, and the evil one is a master of deception. Only God can open our eyes in truth. One of the things that we must be careful about is to take care to discern what the narrow gate and the narrow path is to life from the Bible. Religion has found many roads that appear to be narrow, but in fact they are part of the broad road. Just because a person is on what appears to be a narrow road does not mean that it is in fact that narrow road of Scripture. The Pharisees would have thought that they were on a narrow road with all of their rules and legalism, but in fact they were on the broad road since it was still in their own power to keep those rules. There are many ways of religion that focus on what appears to be narrow roads of moralism and legalism, yet those are not the narrow road of Scripture.

There are also many ways that say that they are roads of grace and the teachers of it will tell you that their ways are on the narrow road. Well, we must be very careful in all of these things because there are false teachers on every corner and each one says that his way is the way of life. The words of Christ should sound within our souls as we think that there are many who are on the broad road to destruction and yet few are on that narrow road. Despite the many warnings of Scripture about false religion and many deceptions, people still go on their merry road (they think) to destruction while thinking they are on the road to life. In other words, of all the people on earth who are even aware of biblical Christianity, not many are on the road to life. The distinction between the broad road and the narrow road is not between the world and professing Christians, it is limited to those who are aware that there is a road to life. This should narrow things down in our minds.

If this statement of Jesus was limited to a certain few in His day and now in our day it is to professing Christians, then that should open our eyes some. This is to professing Christians. While this may make someone shrink back in horror, it should not. It should drive us to seek the Lord with intensity. It should make us ask the question of what road we are on and then seek the Lord Himself for an answer. There are many who enter the broad gate. There are many who are on the broad road to destruction, but only a few who have entered the narrow gate and are on the narrow road. This should show to some degree just how limited this is.

If in fact only a few have entered the narrow gate and are on the narrow road, this should drive each person to ask him or herself what road s/he is on. The stakes are not small, but instead they are eternal. The stakes are not something we get a second opportunity at, but instead once we die and are lost all is lost. The things of religion and of the world will come in and keep us busy doing other things. The things of the world and of religion may not be bad things in and of themselves, but they can still keep our minds busy with other things and as such be used as means to ruin our souls. It takes a focus and it takes tenacity with honesty to search out our own souls. It may not be done in a day or two or a week or two or a month or two or perhaps years. But it is important enough to pursue. It is important enough to pursue even if the costs are high. It is important enough to pursue even if we have to leave a church or lose friends. We must seek the Lord at all costs to find out the road we are truly on.

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