Last week a friend commented to me concerning the two gates. She said it sounds a lot like The Matrix. If you want to know the truth, take the red pill; if you take the blue pill –the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. Pretty good description.
Let’s assume for a moment that everyone reading this has decided to enter in at the narrow gate leading to Life. However, before we begin our journey, let’s clear up a few misconceptions about the road.
The narrow gate and narrow road are deemed the difficult way to travel in life. The gate is narrow, constricting, unforgiving. The road is hard, rugged and demanding.
Navigation is often difficult and confusing, poorly lit with inadequate roads signs and markers obscuring the destination. It’s more like an obstacle course with many twists and turns, chewing up travelers and spitting them out. We often hear the lament “If only the road were easier.”
Just one problem with that description – it’s not true. Believe it or not the problem is not with the gate or the road – the problem is with us, or should I say, in us.
Remember that we enter the narrow gate by grace. We enter because of what God has done in Christ to overcome and defeat sin and death. We did nothing to deserve this; but we accept Him, confess Him, and follow Him.
Because of Jesus the road is well-lit and well-marked. Our Bibles are our road maps (GPS) directing us where to go and how to be good travelers. The road provides ample places and time to rest and we are never alone on the journey (Hebrews 13:5). In addition, everything you need you either have or will pick up along the way.
So then why do we struggle on the road?
We are novices – learning the way of the road takes time
We don’t know or ignore or fail to obey the signs (we don’t know our Bibles)
We rest too long – too much rest erodes our traveling skills
We get distracted - we stop looking at the road and start looking at everything else
We break down and, rather than diagnose and repair (confess and repent), we abandon
We forget why we came through the narrow gate and where we are going
Not to mention we often daily collide with other travelers.
However, the road is transformative. We get better as we stay on it. We see the challenges and opportunities other drivers pose, we are more in tune with the road signs and the final destination pulls us along.
Something To Consider (STC): Ask yourself “why do I struggle to stay on the narrow road?” What part of the road is most difficult for me and what can I do to be a better traveler (disciple)?
We have a loving Heavenly Father who has called us and a Savior who while on the road was tempted like as we are but resisted and made it through. We can do the same.