Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. ~Matthew 7:14-15
Plainly in the eyes of Jesus there is no good reason for not doing what he said to do, for he only tells us to do what is best. ~Dallas Willard
In this first week of Advent, I see the narrow gate as a doorway of hope that leads to life. So I am trying to narrow my choices and make my way through dependence on God’s best for me even when it is hard, rather than choosing the wider way of independence which appears easier to navigate. The more time I spend reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount, the more I see how many good reasons there are to simply do what Jesus says. Advent reminds us that God sent his Son because he only wanted the best for us.
During this time of waiting, may you and I consider the road we are on, notice the pitfalls we come upon, and then give thanks to God for the hope we experience in his kingdom now and for eternity.