The Path That We Choose
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.We make hundreds of choices every day. Everything from the mundane to those that are life-changing. Choices that can either make us or destroy us. The most important decision a person can make is his response to the claims of Jesus Christ. This decision not only affects his life but his eternity. Jesus said, “Follow me.” This is not just on Sundays or for convenience, but is a lifestyle built upon a relationship with Him.
Matthew 7:13-14 “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.” There are two gates: the strait gate and the wide gate. “Enter ye in at the strait gate.” This is written in the imperative. Jesus makes it clear that there is only one way, and He is the way.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Jesus makes it clear that trying to do our own thing, being good, etc., doesn’t work. He describes the strait gate as narrow. This way has its difficulties which require hard work and self denial. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 16:24 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” The world thinks Christian are crazy, wondering why they desire to frequently attend church. 2 Peter 3:9 says the Lord “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”. The strait gate requires repentance which is a turning away from sin and a turning toward God. The wide gate is the way of the world, and many are going that way.
There are two paths: the broad way and the narrow way. The world loves the broad way. It is way which is well worn with few rules or restrictions. This allows a person to do “that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6) The narrow way requires an agreement with the standards found in the Bible.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Be sure you are following God and His standards. 1 Timothy 6:12 “ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called.” Read Psalm 15 and discover standards for walking with God. A Christian will have a desire to attend church and live a godly life. Without the indwelling of Christ, it is impossible to live a godly life.
There are two destinations: heaven and hell. The choices we make on this earth will determine our destination in the next life. Do you choose heaven or hell?
Matthew 7:21-21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” These verses do not mean total annihilation but the suffering of great loss. Revelation 20:12-15 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Both the small and the great will stand before God in judgement, and the ones whose names are not written in the book of life are cast into hell. John 14:1-2 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Heaven and hell are both real. What choice have you made?
There are two groups: the many and the few. (Matthew 7:13-14) It is easy to follow the broad way. Compared to the many on the broad way, there are few in number on the narrow way. You may think that the narrow way has too many regulations, but in the end there is only one way to heaven. What pleases God? In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” We need to determine to enter the narrow gate and walk with Christ.
There may have been many roads that led to Rome, but there is only one way to heaven and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.