Open to all, yet all are not willing

The 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)


“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 our tour guide at Mammoth Cave the day my youngest son were caving in Kentucky. The two hour trip would certainly not challenge a true spelunker, but it was 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 narrow passage and low ceiling would be a challenge to taller, larger, and older visitors. Everyone on our tour made it of course as prior to entering the cave those not fit for the journey were kindly discouraged from entering.

Clearly God wants all to know his saving grace. Jesus presents the entrance to his Kingdom as open to all, yet also reveals the way as narrow. The disqualification here is unwillingness, not size, age, or ethnicity.

Unfortunately the unwilling far outnumber the willing in entering through the narrow gate and following Jesus. Yet this is the only way of deliverance and defeat over the evil one.


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, may they see your genuineness, sincerity, mercy, grace, and choose the narrow way. Amen.

“but rescue us from the evil one.”


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