“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, to which we commonly refer (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 often take extra time and energy from us, and we prefer living the “highway life” because we don’t like delays and detours.  We do all that we can to avoid any kind of inconvenience.  As a result, we cruise on our own road to nowhere.  Today, look for the little gate.  Eschew the crowd.  Keep on the narrow road.  It is there — and there only — that you will find life in all of its abundance.  – Luther

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