“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.
We are commanded by the Lord to enter through the narrow gate. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. There is only one way to the Father and it is through Him. What is interesting is that in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve could eat from every tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But today on earth there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ.
Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many will find it. We live in a culture and day where people claim to believe all types of things. Our culture will claim there are many ways to God or that God doesn’t exist at all and a person is simply their own god. But the truth of God’s word has not changed. Jesus is the only way to the Father. What is very said about this verse is that Jesus says many will find the broad road that leads to destruction. One of the reasons I believe this is is because to follow Jesus a person must be willing to make Him both Lord and Savior and where many struggle is making Him Lord.
But small and narrow is the road that leads to eternal life. It is not an easy road. A decision to follow Jesus Christ is a decision to die to ourselves on a daily basis. Our sinful nature and our flesh desire to be comfortable. They desire to chase after the lust and desires of this world. But for us to live for Christ each day we must abide in Him. It is only through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit that we are able to do this. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us for all things.
No matter what the world and our culture claim there is only one way to God and that is through Christ alone. For a person to be saved they must confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is truly Lord. It is through Him alone that forgiveness can be found because of His precious blood that was shed at Calvary.