Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Our Text for Today comes from what has been called “The Sermon On the Mount,” and comes from Matthew 5, 6, & 7. I encourage you to read it in one setting. When you do, you will discover that the entirety of that wonderful message from the lips of Jesus Himself relates to people of covenant in this present life. It was first spoken to the Jewish people of Jesus’s day, and today continues to live as a vital instruction and spiritual building block for His Church. This marvelous message of our Lord and Savior is not about the hereafter, but of our current life in this world. And the portion I share with you in our Text for Today likewise addresses our life in Christ in this present world. It is NOT speaking to the issue of how many people are going to heaven, but to the issue of how many will enjoy the full level of the life God offered to us in this life.
Look closely at these two verses. These words that Jesus spoke, while offered in a public address to a multitude of people, are, in truth, a very specific word spoken to each hearer who was present. There may have been a great multitude of people around you when you were born again, but the message that brought you to Jesus was specifically addressed to you. You are a “whosoever” of John 3:16. There we read that God loved the world, but it does not say the world will believe on Jesus. The word, “whosoever” is speaking to any individual who will call upon the Name of the Lord.
Consider the word “strait” in our Text for Today. That word is NOT the same as the word “straight.” While “straight” references a direct, unbending, uncurving line or direction, the word “strait” means narrow. This does NOT reference a passage through which only a few can pass at a time, but a passage through which those who go through it is designed for the passage of one at a time, that ONE being YOU. You were not born into the kingdom of God as a part of a group transaction. You came through that gate individually in response to the invitation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many have come through that passage, but the number who walk in the fullness of the life it offers is fewer. The “narrow” way is speaking of a life lived in victory; healed, blessed, provisioned with abundance so that you always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work. Think of that; always abounding. This is not the walk of even a small group of believers, but of one, that one being you walking side-by-side, in step with your Lord.
Manna for Today – Matthew 7:12-14; John 3:16-17; Romans 10:13; Matthew 11:28-30