Matthew 7:13: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it."
We live in a time of political correctness in which it seems everyone is afraid to say anything to anybody because we are afraid we will offend them. Of course, I think there are many who are looking to be offended. We advertise that we believe in free speech and yet we try to dampen any speech what so ever that is different from ours. At the basis of all this is fear and that is one more reason to believe that we are living in the last days because the Lord has told us that fear will come upon the earth.
One of the things that many Christians are afraid of is that people will think because they expound their Christian views, they are narrow minded. Being narrow minded according to the world means that you will not accept any other belief systems.
May I tell you that I don’t see how we can be a Christian and not be narrow minded to some extent. This does not mean that we don’t love others or care for them for we do. But do we believe there is only one way to Heaven? Yes. Do we believe that there is only one name given under God that men might be saved? Yes.
Jesus came into this world to seek and save sinners and to rescue people like me and you. I also believe that my Father in Heaven is Omniscient and that means He knows everything, and He is an all intelligent being. If there are many ways to Heaven like some expound, then why would our Heavenly Father allow His Son, His only Son, the Son that He loves to be beaten to an inch of His life and then to be crucified. Crucifixion was the cruelest way a person could die. Why did Jesus die the way He did because there was no other way.
The Lord tells us to enter the narrow gate and the reason is because the broad way may appear to be the happy way but the Lord knows that there are many things that the world says is all right, and this is the way, but they lead to destruction.
The old King James Version says that there will be “few that find it” “the narrow gate”. Don’t take that to mean God is being selective because He is not, for whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved”. He is saying to us that compared to all those in the world there will not be many who find it.
The longer that I live the more I conclude that anything that is worth anything has a cost to it. There is a cost in coming to Christ and He even tells us that no man building a building that he first sets down and counts the cost. You and I need to realize there is a cost but the benefits out way the cost. This is why Jesus went to the Cross for the Joy that was set before Him endured the cross (Heb.12:2). The Apostle Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in you”.
The Lord is longsuffering not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. The World and the flesh and the devil will stand in your way, but God the Father is standing on the porch of heaven and He is looking for His child to come home.
Pastor Lee Cruse who just like you stood in a place of decision and I am so thankful that I trusted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and it is the greatest decision that I ever made in my life.
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