“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
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my thoughts on the above quoted gospel.
Jesus in describing the way to enter the Kingdom of God, gave an example of two gates: small gate and wide gate. The way to the small gate has narrow road, while the way to the wide gate has a big or broad road. Also in the wide gate many have chosen to enter it while in the small gate only few has found it. The small gate leads to life while the wide gate leads to destruction. Jesus said, let us choose the narrow gate. Jesus wants us to choose life over destruction.
Picture yourself standing in a wide and broad road, full of lights and glitters, people laughing, dancing and singing, day and night, but as you move forward, its end is like leading you to a black hole that stinks. Then you see a signboard showing you the direction towards the Kingdom of God, but the path is narrow and steep, and, the gate is small and only few are entering it; there are no glitters of lights at the side of the road, but at the end of it, you can see light and a garden like paradise waiting. What would you choose? Would you choose to stay in the road where you stand at present with all the glitters and everything but a black stinking hole at the end of it; or would you choose the direction towards the Kingdom of God, by leaving all the glitters of life and entering the small gate in order to traverse to a narrow road the leads to paradise? Remember my friends what Jesus said, “enter through narrow gate..”
The two gates here represents two Kingdoms. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world. Everyday we are confronted with choices of two kingdoms to enter, that of Christ or of the world. Entering the Kingdom of God is not an easy choice because its not attractive in the eyes of man. This is because the Kingdom of God is not of this world and we need faith to see it, we need the gift of faith to see the tiny or small gate to enter it and it is by the grace of God that we may be able to enter it.
But the kingdom of the world is wide and big. It is appealing. It is very visible in our eyes, because I believe we are already on it before we accepted Christ. We were dead already before we accepted Christ and it was Christ who gave us life, new life. If we want to remain in the path towards the Kingdom of God, let us not leave the narrow road towards it.