At the conclusion of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks of two roads. “Enter by the narrow gate,” he says. “For the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt. 7:13-14). Jesus is speaking of two choices. Each choice leads to a completely different outcome. One way leads to life, and the other to eternal ruin. People who listen to Jesus recognize three fundamental truths pertaining to the choice for life.
Choosing Life Is Hard. And why is the narrow way difficult? We can expect strong opposition from people hostile to Christian faith. We must fight our own natural impulses, doing what pleases God instead of what feels good to us. And we must scrutinize our motives, making sure to do the right things for the right reasons.
Choosing Life Is Lonely. “Bandwagon” is a common advertising technique. Millions of people are driving this car. Celebrities love this toothpaste. Maybe. But how many of these drivers have buyer’s remorse? And how much are the celebrities paid to show off their smile for the commercial? The devil is a propaganda master. Come on! Everybody drinks, sleeps around, and plays church. Nobody has a problem with men in the ladies’ room.
Choosing Life Is Smart. After all, what’s the alternative? Some people don’t believe in life beyond the grave. But Jesus doesn’t promise three destinations: heaven for believers, hell for moral wretches, and oblivion for skeptics and atheists. Two roads. Two choices. Refusing life is choosing “destruction” (Matt. 7:13). And if eternal ruin is my preferred choice, then spiritual frauds will help me make it.