Open to all, yet all are not willing

ATD 92The Word

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14

Thought

“On our journey today we will walk through a very narrow passage.” Though these might have been the words borrowed from a pastor’s Sunday morning sermon, they were not. They were instead from an older gentleman named Mike who was the tour guide at Mammoth Cave the day my youngest son and I went caving in Kentucky. The two hour trip would certainly not be the only destination for a true spelunker, but it was nevertheless an enjoyable leisurely father and son adventure. Along the tour was a narrow passage referred to by Mike as, “Fat Man’s Misery.”

Indeed the waist and chest high passage with low ceiling was a challenge to some taller, larger, and older tour companions. Everyone made it of course because before entering the cave those not fit for the journey were kindly discouraged from taking the trip.

Clearly God wants all to know His saving grace. Jesus presents the entrance to His Kingdom as open to all, yet He also says the way is narrow. The disqualifier here is unwillingness, not size, age, or ethnicity. Unfortunately more are unwilling to enter through the narrow gate by following Jesus than willing.

Prayer

Lord may my life be a beacon this day pointing to You the gateway to life. I pray for those with whom I come into contact and that they may see Your genuineness, sincerity and choose the narrow way. Amen.