What Jesus Did! 'The Less Taken Way' — Matthew 7:13-14

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Enter through the narrow gate {that opens the way to heaven}. The road that leads to hell is a very easy road. And the gate to hell is very wide. Many people enter that gate. But the gate that opens the way to {true} life is very small. And the road to {true} life is very difficult (hard). Only a few people find that road."
— Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 7:13-14 NLT — "Enter through the narrow gate {that opens the way to heaven}."

Key Thought

Limits, restrictions, rules and judgment—these are the "cuss words" of modern society. The world around us responds, "We don't like them; we don't want them. We are going to criticize anyone who believes in them." So almost no one talks about these words. When someone does, there is an immediate backlash of criticism. But the bottom line is simply this: when left to our own way, the way of our own choosing, we nearly always end up at war with others or create a mess of things. Most people walk down that big wide road without ever even thinking about it. But, with no set of sure values, no real sense of right and wrong, and no understanding of our need for redemption, the wide road's destination is always disaster. Jesus challenges his disciples and also challenges us. He wants us to walk down the less taken path. Yes, it's a harder path to travel, but it brings ultimate liberation and victory. We know, because he's already walked that path before us!

Today's Prayer

Righteous and Holy God, give me strength this day that I may walk your straight path and not be led astray by the masses that refuse to hear your voice or live according to your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • Galatians 1:10
  • Matthew 7:21-23

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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