Wide Roads Can Find Redemptive Gates
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 NIV
I have a good friend, a Kingdom Man, who Jesus may have been thinking about when he made this statement. When he, we’ll call him “Pat”, was in college he ran with a pretty wild crowd. They were into pretty hard drugs, booze, girls, etc. One night while driving back from a party, Pat looked around the car he was in and thought, “Man, everyone in this car is a loser…Wait I’m in this car, I’m a loser! I’ve gotta get my life together.” A few moments later he heard a voice, felt a nudge, to get out of the car. And that’s what he did. When the car stopped he got out. Now he was alone. Over the next few days his friends repeatedly asked “What’s going on with you?” He told them he couldn’t do what they were doing any more. He needed to make a change. And they rejected him. He met up with an old friend from a youth group and moved into his apartment. He began to approach the small gate on the narrow road. As he took his first steps over the next few days, his old friends first began to ridicule him, then they accused him of thinking he was better than them, and finally they turned away from him. In spite of that, Pat took a stand. Within a few weeks, those guys were arrested for cocaine possession, convicted and imprisoned. But Pat’s steps on the narrow road led him to be saved, become a missionary, a pastor, a husband and a father. If you were to ask him, he’d tell you that would never have happened if the Good Shepherd hadn’t called him to the gate.
As Kingdom Men, not all of our paths start at the same trailhead as Pat’s, but each of our roads comes with a choice and a cost. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and he beckons us away from those things that are meant to destroy us. He doesn’t promise that the road will be easy or come cheaply, in fact he tells us that it will cost us everything. We may lose wealth, friends and even family (Mark 10:21-25, Matthew 8:21-22). And yet, what we think we lose in cost, is pittance when compared to the glory and promises of the Father.
Today’s Training: Remember your road. Remember your path to Jesus’ gate on the narrow road. It marks where you took a stand, where you made a hard choice. Christ opened the gate for you, share your story so others may find it.