Choosing the hard road, the narrow gate. What does that really mean?
“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. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
How many times have you or I read this verse? Did I ever really think that it required a conscious choice? How about you?
When I first became a Christian, I never realized there was this real call to action. This call to a changed life, apart from the issue of sin in my life. I just thought you become a Christian and the Lord joins you on your road in life, where you are going, what you have planned for your life.
The reality is, in our life as a believer, we must choose. Choose between the easy road and the hard road. The narrow gate and the wide gate.
Sometimes those choices are between what you have always wanted, hoped, and dreamed for. And what God is calling you too.
His road, His way, His life. Not yours.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it hard to let go of those things and choose God’s road. Because, sometimes it means choosing the lesser road.
Oh, it always means choosing that I become lesser so He becomes greater. But sometimes it means choosing the road that I view as insignificant.
The quiet, meek, insignificant, things in life are not the things we as human beings naturally desire. That takes a change of heart. And only God can do that.
Choosing the hard road is realizing He knows best. If that means not seeing our wants, hopes, or dreams, realized, for His greater purpose, for His glory, then it is for our greater good as well.
Remember that… It is for our greater good as well.
In my own life I have seen hopes and dreams that I never thought would be a reality, met by Him. But I have also had to lay many of them down at the foot of the cross, and walk away.
You know, those things are never easy. But that is the life of faith. Trusting, without knowing why. Trusting that He is good. Trusting that He knows best.
Do you know what almost always happens when you live by faith and lay it all down at His feet. He meets you with something you could have never thought up on your own. He gives you something better.
So what does it look like to choose the hard road?
To put aside your wants and desires for His.
To live a life surrendered to His will, His call.
To take up your cross and follow Him.
Sometimes that road can lead to your wants, hopes and dreams being fulfilled, and sometimes, not. But it will always lead to something that pleases Him.
Isn’t that the purpose of our lives? To be pleasing unto Him. A sweet smelling sacrifice. Isn’t that where we will find our wants, hopes, and dreams realized? Living out the purpose He created us for.
Don’t be afraid to lay it down. He will meet you. God didn’t part the Red Sea until the children of Israel obediently moved forward.
Is He asking you to choose the hard road today? Remember… He is Good!