Jesus warned us about the right way and the wrong way. One leads to life and the other to destruction. He said, “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.”
Many people, including Christians seem to be going down the broad way because it is easier. The broad way gives them more freedom to do what they please. The broad way allows them to be self-sufficient and self-serving. The broad way is more carnal. For them the narrow way is too difficult, too hard, too demanding. Some people want the Christian life to be easy, no trials, no tribulations, not commitments. They say they are Christians but they don’t want to take up their crosses and follow Jesus. They are in control, not Jesus. He is not Lord of their lives. They worship Him in vain and prefer to follow doctrine and teachings that appeal to them rather than the Word of God. They go through the broad gate because it is wide open. In order to go through the narrow gate, they would have to follow Christ.
The narrow way is more spiritual. It is living and walking in the Spirit. It is saying no to the flesh. It is God-serving and God dependent. It is the obedient way. It is the way of righteousness and everlasting life. Very few people find it. They are the ones who look for it and make sure they find it and stick to it no matter what.
Jesus said in Luke 13:22-26 that many people will try to enter the narrow gate but they will not be able to. Why? Jesus explains why in verse 27. ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ These are Christians who think that going to church and even being involved in church ministries are enough but Jesus calls them workers of iniquity.
He says that He doesn’t know them. That is because their hearts and lives are filled with unrighteousness. They are not transformed inside. They are not converted. Their hearts and hearts are not in accordance with God’s Word or His will. They are hearers but not doers of Jesus’ teachings. They are the ones to whom Jesus says, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate” (Luke 13:24). Remember Jesus is the only way to heaven and everlasting life. There are people who claim that there are many paths to God but this is not true. This is the lazy and easy way out. Don’t take the easy way out. Follow Jesus. He is the only way to God.