Two roads diverged in a wood, and I… I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost
Traveling on unfamiliar roads can provide many opportunities to enjoy some new sights, sounds, and experiences. However, aimless wandering is not the best approach when you have a specific destination in mind. Especially if you‘re running late. There‘s nothing more frustrating when I travel than getting lost, or worse, not knowing where I am going.
What about you? Do you know where you‘re going in life? How about after you die? Your destiny is not a twist of fate. You have choices to make -especially regarding your spiritual life. Let‘s talk.
“It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.” – Jean Nidetch
Whenever I hear the cacophony of opinion regarding “pathways” to God, I think about these words spoken by Jesus,
13 There are two paths before you; you may take only one path. One doorway is narrow. And one door is wide. Go through the narrow door. For the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad; the wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it; but the wide, broad, easy, crowded path leads to death. 14 Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road. Not many people manage it. – Matthew 7:13-14 – The Voice
Is that so hard to understand? There are two paths before you. But, you only get to travel on one. Your choice. Every human being will determine their ultimate (eternal) destiny by the singular and specific spiritual path they choose to follow. And remember, a failure to make a choice is a choice.
Jesus spoke of two entrance points. One door is very large and by implication much easier to see and perhaps even more appealing. There is also a narrow door, not as conspicuous and doubtless less alluring.
In describing the wide door, Jesus said, the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad; the wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it.
Hey, that sounds cool to me. A big attractive door that opens up to reveal a substantial road that is accommodating, easy to travel and filled with all kinds of people – I‘m down for that!
But… that is not the door He tells us to choose. Jesus said we‘re to go through the narrow door. And, it was not a suggestion.
Of course there are reasons why Jesus said to choose the narrow door. First, the big attractive door that opens up to reveal a road that is very large, accommodating, filled with the “in crowd” and easy to travel – leads to death. Ok, it‘s the road to hell. You have heard it said “the road to hell is paved with good intention?” I say that it is paved with ignorance and deception and foolishness. The big door and the big road are a BIG mistake!
Why? Because the narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to a real life. Jesus said, go through the narrow door. That‘s the right choice.
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Joanne Kathleen Rowling
Still cynical? You won‘t find critical answers to life‘s most important questions on the emblematic superhighways where the in crowd hangs out. For that matter, the numerous paths to spirituality or inner peace peddled in the vast marketplace of subjective religious conviction won‘t cut it either.
Conversely, that narrow and often obscure little door that opens to reveal a constricted and undeniably difficult road is the only one that leads to real life – now and in eternity. That doorway and that road is the only way to the one true God.
Some would take issue with me for saying that there is a singular and specific path to the one true God. Pack me off to diversity training camp they would. How could I be so narrow minded? It‘s simple really. I am a Christian. The author of my faith made the statements I have quoted. If I take issue with a portion of His word, why believe it at all. Jesus either spoke the absolute truth or He is a liar and Christianity is a charade. Truth is never subjective.
I am not a hypocrite. If Jesus said it then I believe it. End of story. It‘s not up for debate. Like it or not, the Christian Faith is anchored to this fundamental truth: If you really want to find God, Jesus Christ is the door through which you gain access to the road that leads to an eternity with Him.
7 …“For sure, I tell you, I am the Door of the sheep. 8 All others who came ahead of Me are men who steal and rob. The sheep did not obey them. 9 I am the Door. Anyone who goes in through Me will be saved from the punishment of sin. He will go in and out and find food. 10 The robber comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I came so they might have life, a great full life.” (John 10:7-10)
Not to put too fine a point on this but again, according to Jesus, He is the only door through which you gain access to God now and forever. Think of it like this, God‘s way on God‘s terms = God‘s Life. You don‘t get to pick your own version of the Truth.
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” – Led Zeppelin
Not sure which path you‘re on? No worries. You can change. Consider yourself fortunate. Jesus said, it is hard to find that narrow road and not many people manage to do it. But right now, there‘s a fork in the road you are on. You can keep drifting along the wide, broad, easy, crowded path that leads to destruction, or make a change by passing through that little gate to the right and follow the road less traveled.
One more thing. Jesus also said,
6-7 “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father (God) apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father (God) as well. From now on, you do know him. You‘ve even seen him!” (John 14:6 – The Message)
Truth and Life are yours when you get to know Jesus. See Him and you get a glimpse of God. Jesus is the door, the road, the truth and the genuine life. Can‘t think of anything else we need on this journey. Bon Voyage!
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie ®
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