13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13–14, NKJV).
Which path are you walking today? That depends on which gate you choose. One gate is wide, accommodating many, and puts you on the path leading to eternal destruction. The other gate is narrow with strict access and puts you on the path leading to eternal life. On another occasion, Jesus said we must “strive (endeavor, JRP) to enter through the narrow gate” to be saved (Luke 13:23-24). Jesus said many “will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24). We conclude that desiring to be saved and being saved are not the same. Why not? Because effort is required. We must walk (live) the straitened path of kingdom righteousness (Matt. 7:14; 5:20; 6:33). The gospel call requires repentance, sacrifice, and conversion (Luke 6:46; Rom. 12:1-2). When many hear this, they refuse the narrow gate and confined way. Consider the rich young ruler who, in sorrow, turned away from following Jesus. He lacked one thing to have eternal life; He loved his wealth more than Jesus (Luke 18:18-23). He chose the wide gate and the broad way that leads to destruction. By contrast, saved ones make the kingdom of God their priority (Luke 18:24-29; Matt. 6:33). They enter the narrow gate, walk in the righteousness of the kingdom, and receive abundant spiritual blessings now and, finally, eternal life (Luke 18:30). So, which gate will you enter today? Where do you want to go? Jesus is the Way to eternal life (John 14:6).