“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.” (Matthew 7:13–14, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I live in northern Illinois in the United States where there are four distinct seasons. But the joke is that there are really only two, winter and road construction. Where roads and highways are made smoother and wider. Two-lanes become four, and four lanes become six, to handle more traffic.
Is it me, or does it just seem like the road that leads to destruction is getting wider and wider, and that even more such roads are being constructed, as the season of God’s grace approaches the season or His wrath? And yet the traffic on them still seem to be getting more and more congested.
Then there is the narrow way, never that smooth to begin with, and never needed to be widened. It was never intended to be widened. For “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NIV 1984). It is the road less traveled, “and only a few find it.”
People need to be given directions to find the narrow road. But their desires are telling them to “turn aside” to the broad roads, they are not willing to “put up with sound” instruction. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine [narrow roads]. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear [widen the already broad roads]. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths [alternate routes].” (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NIV 1984). But these all lead “to destruction.”
My Advice – The time is coming when we will be “commanded…not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” You must “judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey [this command] rather than God.” (Acts 4:19-19, NIV 1984). Because contrary to what many are saying today, there are only two distinct seasons (grace and wrath), many roads (paths) to destruction (wrath) and only one road (path) to life (grace).
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend, Ah, you don’t believe [you’re] on the [road to] destruction. — Barry McGuire, “The Eve of Destruction.”
Inspired by Kevin Rutledge’s April 11, 2021 sermon at First Baptist Church of Sycamore, Illinois.