Matthew 7:13-14 – 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.
This verse talks about salvation, right? Yes. But, I want to offer you additional thoughts to consider.
Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life – John 14:6
Jesus is the life. It is not the right circumstances, honor, position, or something else. Life is knowing and walking with Jesus independent of everything else.
Just as I had to narrow my activities to one thing – repentance – to see Jesus and get saved, I often need to narrow my activities to keep seeing Jesus and to accomplish his plan for me.
I am realizing simple focus leads me to God and doing his will and busyness takes me away.
Could many activities be a broad road?
Could my many activities – even sometimes Church ones – be a broad road that leads away from life? Could the multitude of options available to me in this modern world be a broad gate? I often find myself being filled with lots of activities but losing my intimacy with Jesus. When I lose my intimacy with Jesus I will also lose his destiny for me.
I am on a journey of trying to narrow my activities to only those things which help me in my goal of walking with Jesus. In this journey I am finding things that I am busy at are just a broad gate which does not lead to true life. I am stopping activities I have always done, even activities others expect of me, and it is scary.
It is a whole new world to slow down and simplify. I find my identity in what I do more than I should. If activities are removed enough to slow down and think what will I find? Who am I apart from what I do? Busyness is often a cover up for my shallowness.
Have you ever thought about your activities? Do you know which ones are a broad gate and which ones are a narrow gate? Which ones lead to fulfilling his will on my life and which ones are a distraction?