Have you ever been to a ball game or other event at a large stadium? There are gates or doors, entrances all around the building or venue. There are lots of ways in and out so it doesn’t take too long to enter or exit for both the convenience and safety of the patrons and personnel.
One day as Jesus was teaching, someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” (Luke 13:23) An interesting question! After all Scripture says, “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 KJV) Jesus response probably caused some to scratch their heads wondering what He meant. “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:24) So, what is the “narrow door”?
It’s Jesus! In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.” (emphasis added) And in John 10:9 “I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved.” And in Acts 4:12, Peter in his sermon on the day of Pentecost says through the Holy Spirit, “Salvation is found in NO ONE else; for there is NO OTHER name under heaven given among men by which we MUST be saved.” (emphasis added) NO OTHER WAY!
Jesus is quoted saying something very similar in Matthew 7:13-14, “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 is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” I hate driving on dirt roads! I would much rather drive on a nice, smooth, wide, well-marked highway. But sometimes to get where I really want to go, I have to get off the pavement and take that little dirt road. Or out hiking, one can see beautiful scenery from the marked, paved trail, but only those who are willing and able to take the rarely used, harder way can discover the true hidden treasures of God’s creation.
Are you on the narrow road? It’s not the easy, smooth, wide highway with lots of signs showing where to go, and attractions along the way. No, we’ve been given a compass and a map in God’s Word, and a guide in the Holy Spirit to help us follow the road to discover all the wonders God has in store for us. “’What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’—the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9) It’s all waiting at the end of the narrow road!