The Narrow Gate – The Roads and Gates Series – Part 1 - Pocket Fuel on Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:14 (NIV)

The Narrow Gate – The Roads and Gates Series – Part 1

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“The Road Not Taken”
By Robert Frost
(From, Mountain Interval. Published: New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1920.)

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

This poem always reminds me of these words of Jesus as recorded by Matthew:

“Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door. Do you know of any parent who would give his hungry child, who asked for food, a plate of rocks instead? Or when asked for a piece of fish, what parent would offer his child a snake instead? If you, imperfect as you are, g know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask him?

In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of all the teachings of the law and the prophets. Come to God through the narrow gate, because the wide gate and broad path is the way that leads to destruction— nearly everyone chooses that crowded road! The narrow gate and the difficult way leads to eternal life— so few even find it!:Matthew 7:7-14 (TPT)

The road less traveled, and the narrow gate both describe a place of decision. How are we going to live? What “way” will we walk.

And sometimes, the most obvious and safe way isn’t always the one we should take.

Go to Part 2 – Blessed are the Peacemakers »

Much love, Lizzy (and Jesse)
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