The Gate is Narrow

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes aren’t gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but the rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

Matthew 7:13-20 TLV

Lately, I have been studying through Matthew. It is such a blessing to have the Scriptures to study, isn’t it? I feel like I always learn something new when I open my Bible.

I am particularly interested in learning new ways to apply the Bible to my life. I truly do love the Lord, and I want to please Him. He has been so merciful to me, and I literally owe Him my life.

While I have read through Matthew several times before, I do feel like more of it seems illuminated this time around. Does that make any sense? It is definitely different to read the Scriptures slowly and thoroughly, which is what I am doing this time.

I’ve known there is a narrow gate…a narrow way. I think that many of us would like to believe that this isn’t so. That the Way is broad. 

But it isn’t. The Way is through faith in Christ, and then following His teachings. It involves difficulty, and producing good fruit.

I must admit that it seems hard to reconcile what Christ is saying here. He is the Way, yet He says that it is difficult to find…that few find it. There is more to true Christian faith than a profession that Jesus is Lord. It involves repentance, action, and good fruit.

While none of us are perfect, we should be being made more in the likeness of Christ each day. We should feel remorse when we sin. The more I seek Him, the more aware I am of my sin.

For example, today I mentioned something to one of my older daughters that was borderline gossip. I say borderline because it involved firsthand material that I received in the mail. However, there was a check in my spirit if I should mention it at all. I did, and then regretted it.

I apologized to her, and to the Lord. Obviously, the narrow way involves monitoring my mouth and having a meek and gentle spirit.

In Matthew, I have seen the theme of the importance of good fruit over and over again. We will know others by their fruit, and they will know us by their fruit.

In the Hebrew faith, good works weren’t optional. They were required! If Jesus is the fulfillment of this faith, then it makes perfect sense that good works would continue.

Related: My Faith is Precious to Me

I hope good fruit is evident in my life. I hope my husband and children see it. But I must remember that I should never want to get accolades for doing good things. No, all praise goes to my Father!

Beware of practicing your righteousness before others to be seen by them; otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:1 TLV

While others will see our good works, we shouldn’t do them to be seen. Does that make sense? It all goes back to our heart,

I hope you are encouraged to seek the Lord today. Ask Him to work through you to do His will. I believe the more we seek Him, the stronger our faith becomes.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. Let’s serve our home and family well!

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