“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)
The verses preceding today’s citation, which we commonly refer to (in part) as The Sermon on the Mount, gives us an idea of the kind of behavior that comprises “the narrow gate” to which Jesus refers: Be humble. Be discreet. Don’t bear grudges. Go the extra mile. Love your enemy.
Such behaviors take time and energy.
We prefer the highway because of these things! We don’t like detours. We do all that we can to avoid any kind of inconvenience, or decisions that will send us the long way ’round — and we cruise right by the gate that marks the road that leads to life on our own road to nowhere.
Today, look for the little gate. Keep on the narrow road. It is here — and here only — that you will find life in all of its abundance. – Luther