Two gates, one choice

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Written By Angelique Geeringh

As we travel through life, each and every one of us is on a spiritual journey. Whether we conform to the doctrine of a specific religion or not, we are all on a spiritual path. Every day we are confronted with choices and decisions of a moral nature, and every choice affects the path that we travel on. So the questions are: What path am I on in my life journey? Am I going in the right direction? Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, gives us an obvious answer to these questions.

Matthew 7:13-14 (GNT)

‘Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow, and the Way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.’

We see that there are two roads, with two gates and two very different destinations. The ‘gate’ is the end of the journey, and we need to decide which one we will choose. In order to reach the wide gate, the road is easy and without any expectation of sacrifice. With all the wide-open space,  one almost doesn’t realise how easy it is to carry all the baggage that we keep with us. Our bags are filled with things like materialism, judgment, prejudice, an unforgiving spirit, and self-righteousness. There is the false belief that travelling on the broad road offers freedom, but all this baggage actually weighs us down.

Going through the narrow gate is much tougher, and Jesus warns that the road to it is hard. In John 14:6, Jesus describes himself as ‘the Way, the Truth and the Light’. He goes on to say that ‘No man comes to the Father, except through him (Jesus)’. Let’s take a look at what was happening at the time that Jesus made this powerful declaration: 

This conversation occurred the night before the crucifixion, during the Passover meal (the last supper). Before this, Jesus had washed His disciple’s feet, predicted His betrayal by Judas, predicted His denial by Peter, and shared with the disciples that he would soon be going away. This was a difficult conversation that prompted questions about where Jesus was going and why they couldn’t go with him.

When Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Way, he addressed a deep-seated human need; to know where we are going before we embark on a journey. However, Jesus makes it clear that they (or we) won’t know the defined Way we are supposed to travel in life. We are instead tasked with merely knowing and trusting Jesus daily; walking in faith that He is the Way.  When we abide in Him, we will not know a defined course, but we can rest in the comfort of the faith that He will lead us exactly where we need to go. As we walk in Him and allow Him to be our light, He will guide us on the narrow Way.

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