The Narrow Gate

Read Deuteronomy 30:11-20 and Matthew 7:13-20

Jesus issues an imperative to his disciples to "enter the narrow gate", and while this text is often used as an evangelistic verse to the lost, it is first directed to disciples - the church. The gate is narrow implying the need of personal and individual faith in Jesus Christ; it leads to a 'difficult' way where the christian life is full of its trials and God's sanctifying way; but it leads to life! The wide gate leads to a broad way that ends in death.