DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION – SAK. EST.
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)
THEME: A SMALL GATE
WORD OF HOPE:
When Jesus spoke of the narrow gate in gospel times, He was clearly teaching His followers to focus seriously on the path that He was laying before them. If they wandered from His teachings or even redefined His way, they would miss the narrow gate which was meant to open them to a life beyond death and an eternal existence. Christ cautioned them about being too broad-minded or too casual about their faith. If they followed the world, they would pursue a wide path which ultimately led to destruction. However, if they remained attentive and focused on Jesus, they would keep on His single path and enter through His narrow gate which, according to Jesus, only a few would truly experience. In these post-modern times, people are both encouraged and enticed to follow their own destiny, their own path, and their own ideas. The culture of self has overtaken the community of faith, which sadly means that many will miss the narrow gate. But as a young Christian, an important part of my calling is to show people where that gate is and to help them to walk through it. If I’m too busy doing my own thing, going my own way, and making my own path, then I will be guilty of leading people astray. However, if I maintain my focus on Jesus Christ, His ways, and His words, then I can confidently point to the gate and faithfully help Jesus to lead my folks through it.
· Pray and thank God for the truth.
· Ask the Lord Jesus to help you find and walk through the narrow gate.
O Lord Jesus, keep us on your path, and lead us through your narrow gate. Prevent us from becoming careless about our faith and lost in our own ways. In Your holy name, we humbly ask and pray. Amen 🙏🏽