Yesterday afternoon I was reading through the Sermon on the Mount and came across this passage that I thought related well to yesterday’s sermon: “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.”
“Going with the flow,” at least the flow of our culture, as well as the natural flow of our desires and compulsions, will not lead to life. What Jesus says here is really counterintuitive. The “wide road” suggests opening our lives to more and more possibilities. The “narrow road” requires that we narrow our search and look specifically where the Spirit of God is leading us. The Lord means for us to find this life. He is just warning us that few will find it, because very few will look to Jesus to lead their search. Most will not trust him enough to do that. Most look for life in the ways that seem most obvious to them, and maybe ask Jesus to help them find life in the places they are already looking.
This doesn’t mean that life is to be found in some hidden cave or some obscure corner. I believe it’s to be found anywhere and everywhere — in the world and in our inner world. Jesus may even lead us to the places other people are already looking. But because he is leading us, and using experiences and events along the way to change our hearts and open our eyes, we are in a better position to drink of his life when we get there.
Remember: Jesus himself is both the way and the life (and the truth as well). Staying close to him and following the lead of his Spirit is the narrow path holds the most promise for our finding the Life that we’re seeking.
Do you sense what that narrow path is for you right now?
Enjoy the quest.