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Matthew 7:14:  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 and dirty.

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 news!"

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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