13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14
Imagine going to the doctor and being told that your Gallbladder needs to be removed. Now you have grown fond of your gallbladder so you tell the doc that you would like for them to remove “part” of your gallbladder and leave you the rest. Or you go to wash your car and tell them just to wash one side of the car.
Ludicrous…Insane…Preposterous… Exactly how many respond to Jesus.
The idea that Jesus wants to be a part of your life is about as off as telling the doc you want to keep part of the bad organ. Did Jesus come to take part of my sins, part of my dreams, part of my habits? Ludicrous I say!
Jesus knew that people would try and tease their life with a little bit of him. His words in Matthew ring with power and warning.
We can break the passage down into three parts to follow exactly what Jesus means by the way is Narrow:
1) It is the gate that leads to Heaven. The ONLY gate. No other way there. No back door. No secret entrance.
2) It is difficult path (word “strait” in archaic translation means rigid or difficult).Will mean sacrifice. Will mean you give up things. Will cost you.
3) There will not be many who take this path over the course of human history. Path is too difficult. Most will take the easy route.
Jesus will not share us even with ourselves. He wants you, your family, your children, your bank account, your stuff. This would be terrible news if He were not so amazing! When you give it to him he redeems it into something eternally significant.
What does Jesus want? He wants all of you not part of you. No part time Christians out there. God wants full custody of you and not just weekend visits.
Only then will you understand the true blessing of the truth that I no longer live but Christ lives in me!