Jesus often described the difficulties of following in God’s ways. He spoke of the ways of the world as a broad road and the ways of the kingdom as a narrow way. This passage is part of The Sermon on the Mount, which is the manifesto of Jesus Christ. It is part of a series of admonitions he gives to his followers to encourage them to follow through and not give up.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”
Pastor John’s Notes:
The way of Christ is a difficult way. We ought not to expect that because we have come to Christ, life will get easier. Some things will certainly improve. We will find forgiveness of our sins and begin to learn new patterns of living. The love of God will be poured out into our hearts and will be an ever-present source of encouragement. We will find new friends who are also seeking after God.
But we will also face new challenges. As we leave behind the ways of the world, we will find ourselves at odds with those with whom we used to be friends. Others will challenge our new-found faith. We will also face temptations and discouragement as the Enemy of faith rages against us in hopes of causing us to turn back. The way is indeed hard, but Christ will walk with us all along the way and the reward will be immeasurably glorious.
Lord, help me to walk the narrow way. Guard me from discouragement and set my eyes on the great reward at the end of my journey. Help me to find friends along the way who are also walking the difficult path. Remind me that you are always with me and will never abandon me.