Way back in the Stone Age, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we had these things called maps. Of course, they were a lot different from the ones on your phone app today.
They were printed on folded paper for starters, and when you unfolded it, the map was so large it would cover the entire front windshield. Or at least that’s how it seemed to a little boy who just grabbed one at 7 Eleven with his dad for the family road trip to Flintstone Land. (Yes, that was a real place.)
These maps never talked to you and told you how to save three minutes by taking an alternate route because there was traffic. They didn’t tell you where In-n-Out was or how to get to the nearest gas station and they never warned you when there was an accident. You even had to figure out where North, South, East, and West were all on your own.
Just about the only thing those maps had in common with the app maps of today is they both have a lot of roads. You learn very quickly that there are many different ways to get to a lot of other places in the world.
But that’s not true with God. He makes it very easy for us to find him because there is only one road to get to him.
Jesus told us about it when he said, “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.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
The way is wide that leads to destruction because it seems that everyone is going that way. It’s the way of sin and everything contrary to God’s word. Many choose that way.
The way that leads to life is narrow for two reasons.
Jesus is the only way.
Jesus made this very clear when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Sadly, many people ignore the words of Jesus and try to find their own way to God. Jesus’ words are exclusive. He is the door.
Jesus drove that home when he said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:7-10)
You can only go through one at a time.
This doesn’t mean that there’s a long single-file line we have to wait in to get to God. What it means is that you and you alone are responsible for your relationship with Jesus.
You cannot have a relationship with Jesus on behalf of another person. You are responsible for yourself.
As Romans 14:12 says, “each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”
The only thing that the broad road and the narrow road have in common is that you get to choose.
You get to choose if you’re going to walk the broad road of sin that leads to destruction. Or you can choose to enter through the narrow gate of Jesus Christ that leads to life.
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