Picture a modern eight lane highway with scores of high speed cars cruising with ease down its expansive thoroughfare. Unnoticed and off to the side is a crooked narrow path, fraught with hazards that winds its way steeply up the side of the mountain. If you look closely enough you will observe one lonely pilgrim, staff in hand, arduously working his way up its demanding corridor.
Those cruising the highway who happen to notice the path taken by the struggling pilgrim would naturally conclude that such a course is,
Not for us big dogs
Rather odd and out of step with the main stream
Jesus spoke of this path, "Go by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road which leads to disaster and there are many people going that way. The narrow gate and the hard road lead out into life and only a few are finding it." (Matt. 7:13,14 Phillips)
Christs statement is in league with other "narrow" Biblical pronouncements, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born againWithout holiness no one will see the LordNot everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" Jesus: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (Jn. 3:3b; Heb. 12:14b; Matt. 7:21; Jn. 14:6)
Our natural response is to reject what appears to be truth that restricts. Yet exacting truth can spell the difference between life and death: Remember the erroneous "O" rings related to the tragic destruction of the "Challenger" space craft? Or the 900 sincere but misguided Cool Aid drinkers in South America?
The narrow path could be a teenager who, against extreme social pressure chooses to say "no" to pre-marital sex. Or a businessman who decides against the common practice of padding his expense account. Or a person who refuses to allow into his mind any stimuli that does not meet the high standard of Philippians 4:8: That which is " truehonorableright purelovelyadmirable excellent and worthy of praise."
The irony is that the narrow path leads to freedom rather than bondageand to eternal life. The alternative path titillates us in the immediate but in the long term proves to be a dead end street of disillusionment and death.
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