The Straight Street versus the Broad Street

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)
 
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus describes two different decisions that lead to two different destinations.  There is a right way and a wrong way and Jesus appealed to His listeners to decide to go the more difficult way, which leads to life. Although difficult and challenging, this way represents the road to freedom!  Jesus understood and taught that not all ways and not all destinations are equally good. 
 
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (KJV, emphasis added)
 
“Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’” John 14:6 (KJV, emphasis added)
 
In order to choose the direction that Jesus emphasizes, we need to examine our:
 
Will: Have we submitted our will to God?
Attitude: Do we desire to glorify God in all situations?
Yield: Do we yield to the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit?
 
It is nothing but nonsense to choose your own path or way solely on your senses or how you feel.  We must move beyond our physical reality and focus on more than what we can see, smell, hear, touch or taste.  The Spirit of God will send you down straight street.  This way is:

  • Difficult
  • Uncomfortable
  • Unnatural
  • Chosen by the minority
  • Leads to life

Your senses will send you down broad street.  This way is:

  • Easy
  • Comfortable
  • Natural
  • Chosen by the majority
  • Leads to death

Again, one street leads to life and the other leads to death.  Choose wisely, not foolishly!

For the Glory of God,
 
PBKSR