“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to hell and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.”
Recently, I attended a college baseball game where there were multiple gate entrances available for fans. One of the gates was large and could accommodate multiple people at a time entering the ballpark. It was by far the most popular gate. The other gate was narrow and it could only accommodate one person at a time. This narrow gate had trickles of people going through. It was an effort to enter through the narrow gate and was not popular at all. However, the wide gate was easy and effortless and accommodated many.
Jesus made a similar statement in the two verses above. They’re His words. The wide gate is broad and easy and many enter through this wide gate. It’s a popular gate that requires no real commitment to be on this path; however, this path and the gate leads to eternal loss and separation from God in a place called hell. However, the small, narrow gate is less traveled. It’s harder. There are many challenges, difficulties and disciplines on this path; however, this path and the small gate it leads to bring everlasting life in the presence of Almighty God, and there are few that find it.
What gate have you chosen? I humbly remind and encourage you to live your life with the end in mind, every single day. Don’t compromise. Don’t take the short cut. Stay disciplined in your walk with God. Say no to some good things—so you can yes to the best things. It will cost you something and it’s not the easiest path. However, whatever you do, take it! Go the path less traveled and the enter the small, narrow gate less used. Because the reality is, you have no idea when your last day on this earth will be. Choose wisely!
Be Worth Being,
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Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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