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. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
I know that I have used this passage in previous Blog postings, but I just can't seem to shake this verse. I was having breakfast with a best friend this morning and we started discussing this topic. The question that arose is "Why is the straight and narrow so wide?" At first glance this seems contradictory to the above passage, but when you ponder it for a while, it becomes so painfully obvious.
The way is wide because very few find it. It is not that the path or the gate is wide, it is that very few are walking on it. Growing up we lived on a school bus route out in the country that was hairy and treacherous to say the least. Our school bus driver was the best of the best, but no matter how good she was, she was still driving on one-lane roads. As long as nobody else was trying to pass her we were fine. We didn't feel the restrictiveness of the narrow road. However, as soon as she turned a corner and was head-on with a pick-up truck, somebody was going down on the shoulder.
When was the last time that you got elbowed in the eye while walking the straight and narrow? Was it from all of the people fighting to get ahead or pass you. I would venture to say that has never happened. Yes, sometimes it feels like it is lonely on that path, but we should only feel that way if we are looking to man to satisfy our insecurities. We are not supposed to get our affirmation and encouragement from those that are treading on the wide path towards destruction. God is on the narrow way. If it says that few will find it, then we should not be surprised when we are down and out and looking to man to lift our spirits, that we don't find His solace and comfort.
I have stopped hoping that I don't offend people with my comments, but rather want to challenge and encourage them in love. If they are in love with this world, then it is my job through the Holy Spirits direction to remind them of which path leads where. Several people have told me that I write "Deep" blogs. For that I thank you, as I have no intention of being surface level. However, the question that I throw out is are they Deep, or are you Shallow? I feel that if you are reading your Bible, Praying, and Seeking Jesus face all through the day, you are probably in the 1/2 percentile. Does that mean that the other 99.5% of people are going to hell? I am just saying that few will find it...