Only a few

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. All have sinned (Rom 3:23). And Jesus died for all. Therefore, Jesus is seeking to save all mankind.
That’s a worthy saying and thought. It’s not just about believing in Him, receiving Him, and confessing Him as Lord. We must follow Christ; walk in Him, (Col 2:6) actively taking steps towards entering God’s Kingdom. But entering the kingdom of God is another issue altogether.
Jesus describes the route to heaven, and the gateway too. Jesus is saying here to us, “okay, you have heard My teaching. Now what are you going to do about it? Heed it, or not heed it?
Jesus then goes on to describe the roads that lead away from each other and towards the kingdom , or away from it.
In Matt 7:13, He advises,

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it .

Greek for narrow door, *stenes pules* , is descriptive of a very little door that imposes limitations. One must be really determined to manoeuvre, let go of any luggage or possession in order to bend, twist, grovel, and hold on to the door with both hands to aid in entering through the door.
Note that the doors Jesus describes here lead to the road that leads to a certain destination. Note also that the gate is not at the end of the road. No. It is immediately before the choice of place. The gate is at the beginning of the road and leads to the destination! Again, special attention should be on the Greek word used here for lead: *apagonsa*, “leads away from” in relation to the narrow gate. Leads away from the broad gate.
The fact that the doors are located at the beginning of each road, leading away from each other, and into a definite destination, imply that the decisions need to be made right at the start of the journey where we want to end up in, and how we plan to walk upon entry.
Note again that like the narrow gate, the road is also very narrow, constraining , and limiting. It’s so all along its entirety. A difficult road that needs dogged determination to follow.
But the broad gate is indeed of a great width; one is sure not to miss it (therefore many find it). One can carry almost everything and still enter with ease, probably walking abreast with numerous other entrants.
Not so the narrow gate and road. So small that one may easily miss it. You will have to look (seek) for it in order to find it. It’s a lonely road because Jesus testifies to this. Not many seek for it, or choose it or travel along it.
Yet, that’s the only road that leads to eternal joy, life and friendship with God.
Is your Christian walk an easy one? Or one that you daily have to make hard choices for the sake of the Kingdom? Can it be described as carrying your cross, daily?
Don’t count on meeting many that are going your way. Believers who are truly heaven bound are just a minority. Jesus said so!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!



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