“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
The true narrow way is walking in “God’s will” that is shown in His Word. The “Moral Law” is an expression of the God’s will “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). The word of God is our guide “The word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah. 40:8) and it leads to eternal life (Mark 3:35; Matthew 7:21,22).
It is not easy to walk in the narrow way, there are challenges, and it is as though you have to swim against the worldly current to stay in this way. Because of this, few people go to it. Most people prefer the easy way in life, it is wide and many that seek it.
Jesus is the “door” to heaven (John 10:7, 9). He was even more strict than the official expositors of the law, the scribes and rabbis, for He showed that true religion starts from the heart internally and not merely an external profession “Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matthew 5:21,22). Jesus showed that efforts to attain righteousness through formal acts or supposedly meritorious deeds are less than worthless (Romans 9:31–33).
But here is the good news: God promises that He will help all those who choose to walk in His path “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). All that needed to be done could be done by Christ-given strength. When the divine commands are faithfully followed, the Lord makes Himself responsible for the success of the work undertaken by the Christian.
In His service,
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