Just last week, I sat in a service, hungry to hear, to learn, to grow.
The preacher opened up to Matthew, and referenced Jesus’ words:
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.
And the preacher, he talked about this narrow road, the one only a few find.
And we all think that only a few find it because it’s hidden by the One who first paved it. That it’s been covered up in bushes and thorns and thick shrubbery by a God who doesn’t want us to get in.
But the preacher tells us, this simply isn’t true, that we believe the narrow way is covered up by a God who wants it to be a big secret.
Because just a few verses before his words about the wide gate and the broad road and the small gate and narrow road, our Jesus tells us that everyone who seeks will find. Everyone who knocks will be met with an open door. An open gate.
So it’s not that the narrow way is hidden on purpose.
It’s that the broad road, that wide gate, it’s so much easier to walk that way.
We are too…. lazy, stubborn, selfish, sinful, perhaps, to seek with unrestrained hearts the God who says He will always be found by us.