We are living in a time in which there are many who are rejecting the truth of God. Many examples can be seen which involve the masses who have turned their back on God, to embrace secular humanism. It is the rapidity of such change in the world culture that brings to light the scripture which can be found in Matthew 7:13-14. It simply reads:
(NIV) “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.”
In this chapter, Jesus was teaching on various topics, which included the principle of the wide and narrow pathway. What Jesus mentions is the unfortunate fact that there will be many who will choose the opposite of life which is eternal damnation. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, (NIV) “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
It is the individual who is entrenched in their sin that does not accept the commands and precepts of God. The thing about sin is, sin within itself is pleasurable and enticing. However, the joy that can be found in a sinful lifestyle only lasts for a season. Sin not only brings pleasure, but negative consequences are a result of practicing a life that is sinful. When Jesus refers to the wide and narrow pathway, He is essentially making the declaration that most will choose the path that goes to destruction. Only a few will choose the path that leads to life. Why is this so? Why is it that the majority will walk in a path that is more populous than those who do not?
The answer lies within a few considerations:
1. It is easier to walk in the way of the majority – Anti-conformity has become less and less in the sense of deciding to live for Christ in a godless society. The truth is, authentic Christians who not only claim Christianity but live it has become less common. Now, pressure from a growing trend of those who are secular humanists and who believe in the “live and let live” mentality, has been applied to those not willing to bend. One reason why the gateway to destruction is so broad, is because the road to pleasure and acceptance from society is easier. It isn’t popular to stand up for Jesus Christ and it never was. Even more so now, taking a stance against “gay marriage”, abortion, and other sins that have become socially acceptable puts one on the fringes of society. However, Jesus understood that even if society chooses to perish, the way to life would yield eternal security in addition to a better life on Earth.
2. Sin is enjoyable – As mentioned, living in a life of sin appeals and pleases the flesh. If sin didn’t feel good, then most wouldn’t engage in it. It is our sinful nature which calls out to us to fulfill the desires of the flesh. Often times, sin entices us through temptation. As James 1:14 says in the NIV, “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” Sin resides within us because of the original nature passed down from Adam & Eve. It is the sin that brings pleasure in the perspective of one who is walking in ungodliness. There are many who entertain and even allow the pleasures of the flesh to direct their lives – however it eventually leads to a destructive lifestyle. The results of living in a life of sin is one of a depraved mind, a seared conscience, and ultimately a spiritual and physical death.
3. The lies of satan are accepted as truth – Satan is a crafty individual who understands how to use various tactics to deceive. John 8:44 describes satan as the “Father of lies.” In fact, in the very beginning satan lied and deceived Adam & Eve. In Genesis 3:4-5, satan in the form of a serpent is speaking to Adam & Eve. In the exchange, satan attempts to manipulate them by twisting the word of God. God’s original command to Adam & Eve was not to eat the fruit from the tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, or they would die. However, here is what satan says in response to this: (NIV) “The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan told a half truth when he said that they would not die. He was correct in that Adam & Even would not die after eating the fruit. However, what he did not say was that there would be a spiritual death that would be the result of their disobedience. Satan often twists God’s word in order to deceive those who are willing to accept his lies. As a result, many walk in a path that is full of those who are also deceived.
So, these three elements play into the reason for a wide path to destruction. As the Bible says, there are few that find the path to life. Most follow the trends of a world that is living in sin, however there is a cost that comes with disobedience. Jesus Christ died for that cost, so that you wouldn’t have to pay it. Satan will not tell you the damage that can be done when you sin and remain in disobedience. Instead, he withholds the truth and speaks lies so that he can ensnare those who are willing to follow.
All of us have a choice of whether to surrender to God through Jesus Christ, or to remain in our sinfulness. The reward for turning to Christ is life and life abundantly. You have been redeemed because of Jesus Christ, but it is up to you to accept His gift of salvation. You can live under the grace, protection, and love of God once you have turned from your wicked ways. Walking in the popular path is what brings pain, confusion, and chaos. Choose life, and choose the less popular road to life.