Summary: A sermon examining which path you will choose and where each path leads.
The Choice Of A Lifetime
A Columbia researcher named Sheena Iyengar has found that the average person makes about 70 decisions every day. That's 25,500 decisions a year. Over 70 years, that's 1,788,500 decisions. Of those almost 1.8 million choices, one stands out above all others. There is one decision that you will make that has eternal consequences. The choice that I speak of is... how will you respond to Jesus? You will either confess Him or deny Him. You will either trust Him as Lord or turn from Him. You will either accept Him or reject Him. You must decide whether you believe He is "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6) or if you will attempt to make it to Heaven some other way. I can assure you based upon the authority of the Word of God ...THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!
Proverbs 16:25 says that "There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Many people are trying to get to Heaven based upon their good works. But the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Many others are expecting to get to Heaven because of their religion. But Jesus said in John 3:3 that "unless a man is born again he cannot enter the Kingdom of God."
Some think that because they simply "believe" in Jesus that they will be saved. James said in - James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Others base their eternal destiny on the fact that they are members of some church. But we are told in Revelation 20:15 that "whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire". - It doesn't matter if your name is recorded in the church office... what matters is whether or not your name is written in Heaven.
There are some who think that because they have been baptized that they do not have to fear Hellfire. But Revelation 1:5 (says) Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.... loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
There are multitudes of people today who are filled with self righteousness. They are good, moral, kind and charitable individuals and according to man's standards they are good people. But according to God's standard none is righteous apart from Christ. Keep this in mind... God does not look at your actions, He looks at your heart! Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
In our selected text Jesus covers the fact that there are two paths for man to choose from.
1. THERE IS A PATH OF DESTRUCTION
2. THERE IS A PATH OF DELIVERANCE
Each person here is on one of these two paths and each person has a choice to make. I would like to closely examine these different paths and examine "The Choice Of A Lifetime".
As Jesus brings "The Sermon On The Mount" to a close, He reveals this "Choice Of A Lifetime". The strait gate and the narrow path or the wide gate and the broad path. - Many times in life we have more than 2 options to choose from. But eternity is not a multiple choice proposition. In fact salvation is the most black and white subject in the Bible. You are either saved or lost, you are either a believer or an unbeliever... you are either on your way to Heaven or on your way to Hell. If you find yourself of the path that leads to destruction, I hope that you will see that you have an opportunity to take another path. Whether you like it or not... you will make a choice before you leave here today. When there is a choice to make and you attempt to avoid choosing... that in itself is a choice.
- As we examine this Choice Of A Lifetime let me ask you...
I. WILL YOU CHOOSE THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION? - v13
Jesus makes it clear that the broad path leads to destruction. He also reveals the fact that MANY people go through this gate. Let’s examine a few things about this path.
A. THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION IS AN EFFORTLESS PATH - v13a Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
There were two different types of roads for the Jewish people. There were public roads that were approximately 16 cubits wide (24 ft wide). Then there were the private roads that were somewhere around 4 cubits wide (6 ft wide). The broad path or "the path of destruction" is a path that is easy to navigate. This is a wide road with plenty of room.