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.
There are two entrances for the spiritual journey. One entrance is high, wide, and packed with people. You can bring all your beliefs and philosophies, along with your possessions and pride. Just follow the crowd. The other entrance is small. Only the Gatekeeper permits access. To enter you must set aside your pride and stoop down.
The wide gate leads to the wide road. It is filled with luring attractions; but what looks inviting from the outside is empty on the inside. Even in the large crowd you feel so alone. The small entrance leads to a narrow road. This road is built with grace and forgiveness. When you stumble, others help you up and keep you heading in the right direction.
While the wide gate makes for an easy entrance and the path is appealing, the end is tragic. Empty promises lead to an empty life. The end is destruction, hell — eternal separation from God. The small entrance and the narrow road provide a different ending. The Gatekeeper has paved the way to heaven — eternal fellowship with God. This is the only road that leads to life.
Two entrances, two paths, two destinations. Which will you choose?
If you would like to choose the path of life, make this prayer your own.
Heavenly Father, I have tried the wide gate and the broad road. That path has left me empty, without meaning and purpose; broken, bruised, and alone. I know that I am on the wrong road. Today, with Your strength, I want to start a new journey. I trust in the Gatekeeper, Jesus Christ, as the only One who can grant me access. By His death He purchased my admission. I accept the invitation. I humbly bow and enter the road that leads to life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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