Matthew 7:13-14 Voice; There are two paths before you; you may take only one path. One doorway is narrow. And one door is wide. Go through the narrow door. For the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad; the wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it; but the wide, broad, easy, crowded path leads to death. Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road. Not many people manage it.
Many times I’ve heard people say, “Bigger is better!”, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. It’s the big things that draw the crowds, get the attention, but according to Jesus, we’re to look for the little door and the narrow path. Perhaps you’re confused as to the meaning of this. Maybe it doesn’t make sense to you. It means that we as Christians should not be going along with the crowd, doing what the world does, walking the path of least resistance. It means we should look different from the world and be like Jesus in every way.
This is what the small door looks like. Jesus didn’t attend church 3 times a week, He was the church 24/7. He was the church wherever he walked and talked. He didn’t wait for someone to order pizza to feed the people, He took what was available, blessed it and it fed the people. He understood that the Spirit of God was in him and pulled on that provision daily. He didn’t wait till Sunday to talk with God, He communed with Him all day, everyday. That’s the narrow path. He wasn’t afraid of what men thought, He understood His mission and if He had to do it alone, He would.
Here’s how you can tell you’re on the narrow road; Your friends will leave you because you’re ‘too radical’. They’ll talk about you because you take faith a step too far and your faith is foolishness to them. They think you should be more ‘normal’, go to party’s once in a while, stop being so serious. It’s okay, they can’t fit through the narrow door with all the stuff they’re carrying with them, but when something hits their life and sends them reeling, they will come looking for their radical friend.
Jesus, I call on you for help because this narrow path hasn’t got room for anyone else but You and I need all of You I can get. I need Your wisdom, strength and power to stand and do what I know I must do. Help me to stay focused on Your voice. Even when the voice of reason is so much louder, may I be quiet and feel Your still small voice on the back of my neck whispering direction. I’m thankful that You showed the way, may I be a faithful follower and doer of Your Word. Amen