Bible translation used in today's episode: Chapter 5: NET, Chapter 6: NIRV, Chapter 7: ERV
So today we read the chapters that have become known as the Beatitudes. Obviously, these chapters are packed with messages that each could take entire books to address the teaching Jesus brought to the crowd that day. But I would like to address chapter 7, verses 13 and 14, where Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
By the say, in case you were wondering, the word beatitude means “a declaration of blessedness”
Jesus said that the gate is very wide and there is plenty of room on the road that leads to hell. And the gate that opens the way to true life is narrow, and the road that leads there is hard to follow.
I picture a wide, paved, smooth pathway. Easy to walk on. Flat, no hills, and clean, with no potholes.
And people are happily walking along without a care in the world.
It’s the kind of pathway that you can walk on while browsing your instagram feed with no worries about running into anything while you’re transfixed by your screen.
And when you look up ahead, in the distance there’s this big, beautiful golden gate standing open. It’s as wide as the pathway, and it looks so inviting.
But then there’s a little dirt trail that forks off of the pathway before you get to the gate. And there are rocks on the trail. And the trail goes uphill, and it twists and turns, and waaaaaay up ahead, you can see a little wooden gate. It’s well-maintained, but it is just wide enough for one person at a time to go through.
Obviously, most of the people walking along follow the easy road, and very few are adventurous or wise enough to take the dirt trail. But that one, of course, is the road that leads to life, and that more abundantly.
Which path are you on?