June 9: Enter by the Narrow Gate (Matthew 7:13-14)
Prayer and Bible Reading Guide - June 9-13 2013
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (ESV)
Oswald Chambers has written, ‘the devil threatens, God warns.’ Jesus, in conclusion gives three warnings. He warns us to consider the path of our lives, the teachers under whom we sit and the foundations upon which we live. In Jesus’ mind, there are only two paths to follow in life, one leads to life and the other destruction. Jesus, using the language of a journey warns his followers to take the narrow gate that leads to the hard way but that ends in joy. It is time to take stock of our way and see them in light of Jesus' teaching. The Sermon on the Mount is not for meditative purposes, but Jesus expected us to walk in them. Have we been spectating the content of his sermon or seeking to follow. Ask God for wisdom as you read and hear this text. Let it be as to you a time of honest evaluation leading to greater confession and commitment. How have we done?
Review and Apply
- What is narrow about the gate that leads to life? What is your experience of this narrowness?
- What is hard or difficult about living as a member of the kingdom from your personal experience?
- What is some proof of Jesus' words regarding the ease of the way of the road that leads to destruction?
- After reading this passage, why do most Christians still think that life should be without rejection, persecution and affliction?
- If few find the road, should Christians expect to be a majority? Why or why not?
- How do you keep the destination of heaven in view in your life?
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