“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”
In a day when everyone is trying to be inclusive to the degree of letting down all boundaries to do so, God makes it clear that those who choose to walk His way will have to walk in an exclusive way. Being exclusive is not always a bad thing if the exclusive way makes it better than every other way. Certainly, God’s way is inclusive in the fact that His way invites everyone to come, but you must enter His way in the manner in which He invites you to come. In the verse above, Jesus shows several things about His way that makes it exclusive.
First, His way must be entered through a strait gate. The word “strait” means that there are restrictions when you walk His way. I know that many people don’t like the fact that God requires holy living, but those who enter His way will find that God does require His children to live by the rules and boundaries established in His Word. Why would He require such a “strait” way? Because to serve God is a privilege. When you serve God, you are serving the King of kings, and He deserves the right to require His servants to dress, talk, and walk in a manner that represents Him properly.
Second, His way is a narrow way. Being a narrow way means that it become a multi-generational way. Let me explain. The more narrow the way, the more people who have walked that way. The broader the way, the more unclear the way becomes. God made His way narrow so that generations to follow will know which way to walk. In other words, the narrow way is a way that previous generations have walked on and succeeded in their walk with Christ. You are walking a well-trodden pathway when you choose to walk the narrow way that other generations have walked before.
Third, His way is a leading way. The way of the LORD always leads to life. My friend, you will never find enjoyment and fulfillment in life when you are walking the way of the world. The LORD’s way may seem strait and narrow, but it is filled life with enjoyment, pleasure, and fulfillment. You will find that as long as you follow the LORD’s way, you will always find that life, and not destruction, is at the end of that way.
Fourth, His way is an unpopular way. The sad part about the LORD’s way is that there are “few” that find it. You would think that with all that the LORD has to offer that everyone would walk His way, but few people end up walking His way. If you are looking to walk a way that is popular, you will find yourself on a different pathway than where the LORD wants you to walk. His way has never been the popular way, but it has always been the right way.
As you look at the LORD’s way, you may ask, “Why would I want to walk this way?” My answer to you is that you will always find the sweet fellowship of the Saviour on His way. John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way…” If the only thing you find on the LORD’s way is fellowship with the Saviour, you will find that it is all that you need in life. To walk and to be accepted by the crowd of the day pales in comparison to walking with the Saviour. You will find that when you walk with the Saviour in His way that you will say like the disciples, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way…” Nothing will stir your heart to continue walking in the LORD’s way like the fellowship you find with Jesus.