“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
“Wide … broad” indicates the vast majority of people in the world have the same attitude as the scribes and Pharisees, in that they simplistically believe that their external works are what count. Jesus gives a much different interpretation to the Law, which is the rule of life for His followers. He takes it to the heart and, in so doing, eliminates many from kingdom reign.
“Narrow … few” are those who put their trust simply in God’s promises. Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount show us our sins and describe the path on which we, as disciples, seek to walk.
Martin Luther once said, “The true disciples remain on the hard path or enter through the narrow gate, namely, the Word of God, saying: ‘I am helpless. May God help me. It all rests in His hands. He promised and said: “Just cling to the Word, and I will uphold you. When you find yourself in any extremity or distress, you will learn to continue in God’s Word. This will liberate you and make you a true disciple.’”
God’s blessings on your day…