Thursday, October 11, 2018
The Easy Way or the Hard Way
“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
Ever heard the phrase, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way?” Usually, this statement is made to encourage someone to do or say something that will result in the least amount of pain and suffering. Honestly, I think most of us would admit we prefer to take the path of least resistance in life. Whatever decisions we make, our natural tendency is to make choices that will result in the least amount of frustration, conflict, and displeasure. No one wants to cause themselves deliberate pain and suffering.
However, we all must make a choice between two doors in life; two paths that will ultimately impact our eternity. Jesus closed His sermon with a simple challenge: “Enter through the narrow gate. Choose the road less traveled. Select the hard way.” He was not suggesting that we choose the hard way simply because it is hard. He was suggesting that we choose life as opposed to destruction. The gate to life, unfortunately, is not popular nor easy. In addition, even though we choose the narrow gate by placing our faith and trust in Christ as Savior, we will often have to continue to make difficult choices while on the narrow path this side of eternity. For believers, life is hard and then you die. But when you die, life is easy forevermore.