“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14, NLT
It was around 5:30am, still dark outside. The black Chevy truck in front of me swerved and crossed the center line. He’s probably texting, I thought. Or eating his breakfast. Slowly, he eased back over into his lane. I accelerated, planning to pass him, but then hesitated. I sensed the Lord saying, “Stay where you are.”
Suddenly, the truck started weaving back and forth wildly. The man was obviously intoxicated. Thankfully, there weren’t any cars in the lane next to him. I grabbed my cell phone and dialed 9-1-1.
The dispatcher asked for details about the truck and which direction it was headed. I hoped that my actions would make a difference that a nearby police officer could stop the truck before someone got hurt.
Those who believe in the Lord Jesus are on what the Bible calls the narrow road. It’s a path available to everyone, yet only a few will find it. It’s a difficult journey, full of potholes and road blocks. Many times, this way leads to heartache, rejection, and persecution. When you choose this path, you surrender your life to Christ, saying that you will follow Him and go where He wants you to go. Though not easy, it is by far the most rewarding road you can take.
The other option is the broad road, the one that is most traveled. This road is deceptive. Although it may seem to be the more comfortable path, it actually leads to destruction and eternal separation from God. People who choose this course insist on being in the driver’s seat. They are all over the road map of life and often deeply wound others in the process.
As one on the narrow road, I’m comforted by the fact that I’m not alone. If you’re on this path, you are not alone. Our loving Father is with us. He isn’t some disinterested, uninvolved being that observes our comings and goings from afar. Instead, He lives in us through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Whether you’re cruising along in a convertible, basking in the warmth of the summer sun, or whether you’re muddling through a fierce thunderstorm, know that the Lord will never leave you. Your Guide will help you as you travel the narrow road – the road that leads to life everlasting.