So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do: The Narrow Gate Is, Well, Narrow … And Difficult (Matthew 7:13,14) (XXI)

This is the twenty-first in a series of blogs on the ease of reading the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew … and the difficulty of following them.

Enter the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
(Matthew 7:13,14)

The narrow gate is a life choice: God pleaser. The God-pleaser choice has some tough, here-and-now moments, but it has a great ending: life.

The wide gate is a life choice, too: people pleaser. The wide gate has some wonderful here-and-now moments, but a not-so-great ending: destruction.

It reads like an easy choice – I choose life! – until you start to live it and experience some of the “difficult way,” while at the same time observing the people pleasers enjoying the here-and-now benefits of their choices.

It is a choice – easy to read, hard to do.


Links to the previous blogs in this series can be found at Links to So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do.

About drjstewart

Christian, husband, father, educator, writer, and photographer.
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