Walking the Narrow 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

This is a concept that you have probably heard about your whole life if you grew up in the church. It is something that is talked about in the context of how Christians should and should not live as followers of Jesus.

Growing up, I would almost get annoyed when this subject was brought up. In a lot of cases, talking about the narrow way felt like a list of rules. A conversation about the limitations in life we face as followers of Jesus. It felt almost like a negative topic. One about what we’re missing out on when we walk the narrow way.

The narrow way does keep followers of Jesus from living the same kind of life as the rest of the world. And as some people see that as limiting, it is actually life giving. Of course, walking the narrow way inherently requires some sacrifice. While this is so necessary to talk about, I think the benefits of the narrow far outweigh the sacrifices required.

While the narrow way requires us to sacrifice the ways we want to live sometimes, it also gives us life. It gives us things we can’t get from any other path. If you are walking with Jesus, actively pursuing a relationship with Him, you will begin to take on His characteristics and qualities.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23

The narrow way has these for us. Because the narrow way is where God is. You cannot gain the fruits of the Spirit apart from the Spirit. So, in turn, you cannot gain the fruits of the Spirit if you are not walking the narrow way.

The world has “so much” to offer, BUT it can’t offer you the things in this life that we all truly need. The things that our hearts crave and need to survive can only be found in Jesus. And we find Jesus and commune with Him by walking the narrow way.

Author | Ashton Brantley

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