June 28, 2018
Matthew 7:13… Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
This statement tells us that the choice is ours. In my reading in Deuteronomy this morning, there is another choice time.
Deuteronomy 30:19… I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live.
These were the words of Moses, spoken to the children of Israel, just before they entered the Promised Land. Jesus’ words in Matthew 7 were about entering the kingdom of God. Jesus was the way the truth and the life. He opened the gate into God’s Kingdom, God’s presence. (John 10) He, and His teachings, are the only way into the Kingdom. The two sections of scripture, that I wrote out this morning, show us that God has left the choice up to us. He gave us free will and He does not override that. You and I choose whether or not we will find life, or death. notice, Jesus included the Path in his announcement. It is more than walking through a gate and being done. The gate is an entrance to a path. The Path is ongoing. One path is easy; one is hard. If you have chosen to follow Jesus’ teachings, I suspect you have discovered that it is hard. It is not just that the steps are hard; it is that people on the easy path talk about how great their path is. That taunts us and tempts us. When you must forgive someone who has wronged you, it is noticeable that the people on the easy path don’t have to forgive. In that moment, you are tempted to step off the narrow path and onto the wide one. At choice is the destination: One path leads to life; the other to destruction. On the path to destruction there are no signs reminding you of that. There are laws governing your conduct on your path of choice, but it is not always evident that one is leading to death and the other to life. In John 10, Jesus reminds us that His sheep hear His voice. If you no longer hear His voice calling you, stop and listen. Don’t take another step until you hear Him. Then… run to Him.