I am just going to say it up front, get it out there before I even start writing.
This one is going to ruffle some feathers-rock some boats and make some mad at me for going there.
Yet, I have decided that I am OK with it, I am not writing to be popular, I gave that up a long time ago. I write because I am committed to being sold out for him. Come rain or shine, crowds or empty closets who are here to listen to my words, I know of the vast, epic love that he has to showed me and the wretch I would be without him.
I would rather be all alone in this world worshiping the one who saved me than speaking to millions about empty avoid-the-truth topics.
So here goes.
This one simple verse is changing the way I look at things. For months now its tearing me up from the roots and causing me to change the way I see my walk with him.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
I know, its almost cliche, we have heard this verse before, taken the token truths from its words and continued on our way.
But I think its time we went back and took a deeper look. I think there is more here for us that we may have missed before.
I think we need to ask the question; What does it look like on that wide road? Who are the people who walk its well worn paths? And more importantly is that the path I am on today?
Later on in the same passage Jesus talks about the fruit that we produce, and how we will be known by that fruit. He talks about the hope for those who hear this word and act on it-they are like one who built his house on the rock, solid and able to withstand the winds and floods.
The thing in this verse that rips out the ear plugs-turns the lights on and refocuses us on the truth is not so much what it says, but rather what is missing, there is no mention in this verse of the third road, an alternate path, another way. What this verse says is that we are either on the wide path to destruction, or the narrow road to life. Simple as that.
This one hurts, makes me want to fall to my knees and pray, flat on my face and cry out to Him.
The truth is I have spent most of my life telling myself that there was another option here, like I could walk on the median and still get where he was calling me. Pretending I could keep one foot on either path, create another road heading the same place but through an easier pass in the mountains.
I was wrong.
Truth is, and this is where I am likely going to start shaking some houses off their foundations…. The narrow road requires action, it demands that we stand tall, that we put down deep roots into the living water that is our Jesus and we start producing fruit in our life.
The picture being painted in this passage is not of weary faith, of lukewarm hope, or partial trust. Jesus is speaking of transforming us into sellouts for him, of giving it all up, and leaving behind the ways of the world.
Even later in this section Jesus strips bare the fate of those who don’t heed his words.
“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.”
There seem to be two important truths here;
- The first is that the house built on sand, the one who does not act on his words, it will fall.
- The second truth is the promise of a storm. This life, it is going to bring hurricane force winds, the waters will rise, its going to slam us hard, and those of us who choose the wide road are ill equipped to stand against it.
The question we need to be asking is what it takes to stand tall, how it is that we can start to build solid roots that tap into the living water that He provides. If we are not radical, sold out for him believers….. What are we? Which road are we on?
It is all to easy to believe that this place is our home, thinking that we belong here and become timid and afraid to share the love of the one who saved them. Truth is, we are here for a short time, and our purpose is clear; to share the love of the one who sent us with others so they might also spend eternity with him.
Are you like me? Do you fall into the lie that there is a third road, an easier way to get where he wants you to go?