What does it look like?
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 Amplified Bible)
Redeemed womanhood looks like the narrow path.
Jesus talks about two roads in the above verse. The narrow road, more like a path, and the wide broad highway: believers and non-believers.
Dear Sister, if you are a Jesus follower, he called you through the narrow gate and you are traveling on the narrow path. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control surround you on the narrow path.
Oh, but wait – didn’t Jesus himself say the narrow path was difficult, hard to follow?
Yes! It is not always smooth, straight, and lined with lush, rich vegetation. The walk is not always easy. Jesus said it was hard (Matthew 7:14), but It is not burdensome, because of the One who leads you (Matt. 11:28-29). He’s already walked it for you when he was here one earth, with no missteps.
Obstacles line the way, but there are always means to go over or around them (1 Corinthians 10:13). Refreshment stands show up when you need them most. Filled with life-giving water, which provides strength for the journey (John 7:37; Revelation 7:17).
I posted a few days ago, an article my daughter wrote about her descent into Phantom Canyon. At times, that trail is like the narrow road we are on. The narrow trail was steep, paved with loose gravel, her pack was too heavy and too loose. Struggling through fear and exhaustion, she continued on because she knew at the end of the trail was rest.
Rest stops also show up along the narrow path. Jesus has provided pauses in life so we can rest and catch our breath.
One of those rest stops for me has been my quarantine. His providence provided me with a pause to rest and consider my ministry. My prayer for you, dear sister, is you have also found rest and new direction in this time of pause.
Another road exists. Jesus called it the wide and broad and easy to travel road.
Before you met Jesus you walked on the wide road. It was easy to cruise along. Doing your own thing. Making your own rules. Being your own god.
You know dozens of people on it. The flirt in your office who keeps dropping suggestive hints. The friend who doesn’t understand why you won’t go out boozing with her anymore. Maybe your children who don’t understand the change in you, or your husband. Your neighbors. The list goes on and on.
Destruction lies on this road. You remember how it started quietly to tear at your soul. In the dark hours of the night, you would call out, “There’s got to be more to life than this.”
Jesus heard you. So, know that if you have entered through the narrow gate (saved, redeemed, regenerated, or born-again, whatever you call your salvation experience) and are on the narrow path, don’t think you can slip back and cruise on the broad easy highway again (as if you would want to!). That’s not who you are now. You are a narrow path walker – not a wide, broad, easy highway cruiser. No more fast lane for you.
Dear Sister, tread the narrow, hard way. No matter the fear, the exhaustion, the overwhelming fog in your brain, no matter the tears, one foot in front of the other on the narrow path leads to life.
Your Guide on the narrow way, which let you through the narrow gate (John 14:6) is beckoning you.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11: 28-29).
He will guide you gently through all the ups and downs of life on the narrow path. He makes this promise:
“I will make known to you the path of life; in my presence there is fullness of joy; at my right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
So, take your guide’s hand. Talk to him about all this. Talk to him about your travel plans, what you are lugging with you and what you need to discard.
Lay it all down at his feet. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you (Hebrew 13:5).
You are loved.