Jesus describes the way into His kingdom in three passages.
- Matthew 6:13,14 “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. Because narrow is the gate and confined is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
- Matthew 6:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
- Luke 13:22-28 “Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. “When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ “then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ “But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.”
This is very sobering when we consider the calls to live life without restraint. “We are free from sin and able to do anything now”. OR ARE WE? We lived in a kingdom where we thought we were free but in fact we were in bondage. We thought we were free but we were lawless doing our own thing.
If we don’t feel confined maybe we are walking on the broad way to destruction. Jesus says that His way is confined. We are to be followers who are not walking in a lawless manner. We are to be obedient to Holy Spirit not using our freedom to do our own thing.
What a challenge. Jesus said “He did nothing except He saw and heard the Father do it”. That is why He was the image of His Father and He could say “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father”. Can we say that about ourselves. If others see us do they see the Father. That is the way it should be.
Holy Spirit help us!