He really is! Every day of your life, until you draw your final breath, you will stand at the CrossRoads and be asked to make a choice. Which way will you choose?
God has set before you two gates, one wide and one narrow. He has set before you two roads, one broad and one narrow. He has set before you two destinations, one of eternal blessing and one of eternal damnation.
Your greatest problem is this: the signs pointing down both roads are marked, “The Way to Heaven.” Both gates read, “Enter Here,” and both destinations are labeled “Heaven.”
You notice that many of your friends and family are heading through the wide gate and down the broad way. The road looks smooth; the walking appears easy and comfortable. You can take all your “stuff” with you. A few carry burdens of sexual sin, partying, drunkenness, or lies. But most are good people, talking about Jesus along the way. But these are still carrying pride, unbelief, bitterness, self-sufficiency or false religious ideas. Not many on that road will criticize you much as you walk along. They are very tolerant and open-minded. After all, their baggage looks much the same as yours.
Now you look the other way. The beginning of the narrow road seems difficult. In fact, it looks downright cramped. The narrow gate only has room for one to go through at a time. You certainly can’t carry all of your baggage with you. You have to somehow unload your burdens of sins and leave them behind to travel that way. In fact, all you can really see is that a cross stands right in the middle of the road just ahead with piles of baggage lying at its foot. It’s obvious to you that you can’t even start down that road until you go to the cross. The road beyond the cross looks a little rough and has an uphill grade to it. You can pick out only a few lone travelers up ahead, no great crowds of people to mingle with on that path.
So, which way do you go?
Since God has given the choice; and since He also wrote the Guidebook, His perfect Word, we would suggest strongly that you go to Him to find out the best way to go. Jesus says this,
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it... Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7: 13, 14, 21)
Jesus also says to you, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14: 6)
The choice is clear. Step through the small gate. Go to the cross. Repent of your sin and ask for forgiveness. Receive the free gift of eternal life that God has offered you through Jesus Christ. Sincerely ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, now and forever. The way is not as difficult as it may seem at first glance. You have an Unseen Friend that walks with you all the way!
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Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 18, 2000
Those who are outside the people of God are in rebellion against Him and are therefore spiritually dead. But God makes them a free offer to bring them back to life. All that’s needed to receive all of the bounty that God offers is to believe his promise,