The Strait Gate and the Narrow Way

J. D. Conley
January 22, 2012

"Enter Ye In At The Strait Gate." 
   This is a command and an invitation. It is attractive to us because of its noble and heroic challenge. But it also shocks us and makes us recoil because it divides people into two classes, the sheep and the goats (Mt.25:31ff.). Those on the right hand, the sheep, were blessed because they served. Those on the left hand, the goats, were condemned because they failed to serve. Broadmindedness is greatly embraced today, but we dare not boast of a greater broadmindedness than God's Word permits. The way of life is not broad (Is.35:8). Jesus placed numerous restrictions all along the way, "Unless," "Except," "Shall not enter," "Part in the lake of fire" etc. Jesus is not as broadminded as many religious people claim Him to be. He condemned some very sincere religious people of His day e.g. Saul of Tarsus, Cornelius and others. Sincerity and honesty does not take the place of obeying God's law. God has spoken (Heb.1:1-3).

"Narrow Is The Way That Leadeth Unto Life."
The majority do not appreciate Jesus using the word "narrow." Sometimes we don't like to use it either and play "Hush-hush." But this word Jesus selected is crucial. It proves that He did not speak in broad generalities, much less with a compromising spirit. The "narrow way" is exacting. We cannot enter the narrow way when our lives are bulging with sin. We must renounce the privilege of walking with the crowd. We must say with conviction the hard word, "no." Therefore we must be willing to walk alone if necessary. The road may be narrow but it is wide enough to accommodate all who will travel on it.

Let us all choose to walk the narrow way and enter the strait gate. Only by doing so can we be broad in our purposes, sympathies and hopes.