Have you ever been in a situation where you came to a place in the road and you had to choose to go one way or the other? Certainly, GPS navigation systems have made this type of scenario almost a thing of the past, but they still happen from time to time as we travel the highways and byways of our communities.
But what if instead of discussing traveling in our vehicles from one destination to another, we where talking about our journey through this life and coming to a crossroads. Has there ever been a time where you came to a crossroads in a relationship and you faced making a decision that would affect others? What about coming to a crossroads with a career? Or a big purchase? Of course, all of us have faced these and many others as we found ourselves at a crossroad in life that demanded we make a decision to go one way or the other, most certainly bearing many consequences both good and bad.
Jesus tells us of two spiritual roads to describe our choice of which life we will choose, the wide easy road and the narrow hard road. All of us have to choose one or the other, for there only exists these two pathways and there is no option for indecision. To go down either road we will have to enter through one of two gates, the wide gate or the narrow gate. Listen to His words in Matthew 7:13-14 (MSG)
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
The contrast of choices here could not be any starker, the easy way leads to destruction and many people will go down this path. The hard way leads to true life and eventually to eternal life when we come to the end of that road, and few people will go down it.
Facing this choice, it would seem pretty simple, CHOOSE LIFE, but because of many factors, human nature included, it is not that easy. But the question must be asked, “What makes a person want to choose the easy road to destruction?” I think there are at least three things that will bring most people down this road.
- Fear. Fear is such an effective tool of the enemy. Fear will keep you from living in freedom by confining you in a cell of “what might happen if…” In this case, most people will choose to go the easy route because they fear change. They fear if they were to take the other road, the hard one, the one that leads to life, the changes that would take place to their lives would be too much to handle. And besides, one of the biggest fears the enemy used is to make people fear going a different way that the majority. Fear is a terrible thing that keeps you from life, true life.
- Pride. If fear keeps us scared to take the narrow road, pride makes us boldly choose the easy road, the one that eventually leads to eternal destruction. And to make matters worse, pride keeps us from admitting that we have chosen the wrong road, even keeping us on the pathway to destruction because we do not want to admit that we are wrong. The sad thing is that so many who are walking the easy road to total destruction KNOW IT but their pride is so in control that they will continue down this road just in spite of it all. Pride is a terrible cancer.
- Pleasure. This one is the fun one. Fear and pride are not fun, they hurt. Pleasure is a different evil altogether. The road to destruction is paved with the pleasures of this world and there is no end to what the enemy offers those who pursue pleasure. The sinister thing about doing things for pleasures sake is that (a) it never lasts long enough, (b) there is never enough (c) it never stays the same. Just when you have given away so much to get it, something else will present itself as the new and improved pleasure that you now must have, taking the contentment and lasting satisfaction out of what you have finally laid hold of. It truly is an endless journey, this pursuit of pleasure.
Are you living in fear of getting off of this road for comfort sake? Are you living out of pride, traveling headlong to destruction just in spite of God? Are you chasing one pleasure after another, telling yourself that your life will be complete once you get whatever it is that you’ve set your eyes upon?
Fear, pride, and pleasure, these are the things that will cause the many people to enter through the wide gate and travel the easy road. Regardless to the ease of this road, or the pleasures contained, eventually all will be lost for eternity.
Jesus has great hope for you but there are three things that you must do to go down the hard, narrow road that leads to life and life eternal. I’ll discuss this in the next blog post. Until then, if you want to chat about your life and what it would look like to choose the road that leads to life, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t give up, Jesus is the Way.