Thursday, October 8, 2009

'Never Be Ready' pt 2 (This Road That Is Narrow Is The One We Should Follow)

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are MANY. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are FEW.--Matthew 7:13-14

The last phrase in the 2nd verse of Mat Kearney's song 'Never Be Ready' hits home to me as well. this is how it goes: "This road that is narrow is the one we should follow". How true is that? It's oh so relevant to Matthew 7:14. There's two roads in this life; and everybody will take one or the other.

Those who enter by the wide gate want to take the easy way out. Living life however they wish. Selfishly chasing after their own dreams and desires. Though what they don't know is that the end of the easy, smooth road will lead to their destruction as it say in Matthew 7:13. Also notice that there are MANY who chose to enter the wide gate and go down that easy road. It's like a crowd of people walking across a smooth desert ground heading towards a cliff. Many enter this wide gate unaware, or ignoring the fact that the way they chose to go will lead to their death.

Then there are those who enter by the narrow gate, who know that the way is hard, but it leads to life (Matthew 7:14). Yet note what it says at the end of the verse: "and those who find it are FEW". Yes it is sad that too few, way to few enter the narrow gate. It also says that the way is hard; yes those who chose to follow this road know that there will be much sacrifice, toil, hardships, and tears. In Matthew 10, Jesus is instructing and warning his disciples before He sends them out by 2. He tells them how they will be persecuted (Matthew 10:16-25), and also not to fear what man could do to them (Matthew 10:28). This also means that we must die to ourselves, our own fleshly desires every day, take up our cross, and follow Christ (Matthew 16: 24). Letting go of the life you once lived, and embracing the life that He set out front of you to live. Losing your life for the sake of Christ to find true life (Matthew 16:25). This is what happens when you enter the narrow gate. At the end on this hard road is life. Dead to yourself, but alive in Christ.

You're ok here with me
Here in the silence
With all of the violence crashing around
Saying we can't go
Saying we don't know
This road that is narrow
Is the one we should follow

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