While a lot of people in the world are Christians, not all who claim to be Christians are true followers of Christ. In Matthew 7:13–14, Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Christians whose characters are sound will automatically display the Lord’s character in their words and deeds.
The Son of God formally invites all to accept His principles and points out to them the way to begin, and where to begin. He is the “door” (John 10:7, 9) and the “way” (John 14:6). He who would enter into the kingdom of heaven, who would “have life” and “have it more abundantly,” must enter by Him; there is no other way (John 10:7–10).
God offers salvation to everyone who accepts His love (John 1:12; 3:16-18; 1 John 2:2). We cannot create our own paths to a holy God. And God cannot simply excuse or overlook our sin. He is merciful, but He is also just. Justice requires that sin be paid for. At great cost to Himself, God paid that price (Isaiah 53:5; 1 John 3:1, 16; Psalm 51:7). So, while the Lord made all provision for our salvation, our part as Christians is to receive His love and follow Him.
As Christians, following Christ requires crucifying our flesh (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; Romans 6:2), living by faith (Romans 1:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 10:38), enduring trials with Christ like patience (James 1:2–3, 12; 1 Peter 1:6), and living a lifestyle separate from the world (James 1:27; Romans 12:1–2). However, all this is done by God’s grace. Christ gives sincere Christians all the power necessary to live victorious lives (Philippians 4:13).
When faced with the choice between a narrow road and a wide highway, sadly, most choose the easier road. Most people would rather create their own religions and design their own gods. So, it was with deep sorrow that Jesus said that the road to eternal life is “narrow, and only a few find it.”
In His service,
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