But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to
life, and only a few find it.
I remember one time when I was in Bucharest, Romania, I was
in a car with some brothers in the Lord. It was
getting dusk, as evening was falling, and the winter cold
made it seem all the more dark. We were driving around
the city trying to find a local pastor's home. Most of
us had been his home before but none of us had ever driven
to his home; we had always had someone else drive us.
As we drove, I noticed how many of the streets looked the
same - narrow, winding and dimly lit. Some, however,
were very broad streets, built under communism, to make the
world think that communism was a success; only now, when
compared to the rest of the city, they look foolish, cheap
The truth of the matter is that Bucharest can be a very
confusing city for a stranger. The streets are
confusing, the language, though beautiful, is
incomprehensible to the untrained ear and the street signs
are few and far between. All in all, a most
challenging place for a stranger.
So it is in this life for the lost and dying. This
world is a most confusing place. After all, God
created man for a perfect world - paradise on Earth.
It is not God's fault that man sinned and had to be removed
from the garden and so found himself in this world naked,
stained with sin, and separated from his Creator.
Before, man and God spoke the same language, shared the same
interests and understood each other. But now man is
born in sin, cast into a world that is hostile to the
Creator and has an enemy roaming about.
Inside "man" he knows that he has a Creator. He knows
that there must be a way to get back to Him. But how?
The people around him speak, but the words make no sense.
How can man find the street signs to the road of life?
As it says in our text, "... small is the gate and narrow
the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
It also says in Romans 10:14-15, "How, then, can they call
on the one they have not believed in? And how can they
believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And
how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is
written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good
It is you and I, believers in Jesus Christ, that have the
Good News. The great commission has made us the "sent
ones". The responsibility has now fallen upon us to be
the street sign, the traffic cop and the tour guide.
We are the ones called to help the lost find this small gate
and narrow path. The stakes are high and the
responsibility great. To fail at this is to fail
completely. Let's make sure to direct other to Jesus
for His is the Way and the Truth and the Life. In so
doing we not only are being obedient to God's call but
people will call our feet beautiful!
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