Two Gates, Two Paths, Two Destinations


The Sermon on the Mount
Carl Bloch, 1890

As Jesus was wrapping up The Sermon on the Mount, recorded in the Bible by Matthew in chapters 5-7, He presented the crowds with the opportunity to make an important personal decision.  Hearers were presented with a life altering choice to make their way through one of Two Gates … the narrow gate or the wide gate.

Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV) – 13 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. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

The two gates lead to two paths which reach two destinations.  These are final  destinations … and they are both eternal destinations!  The narrow gate leads to a narrow path.  The narrow path leads to eternal life in Heaven.  The wide gate leads to a wide path.  The wide path leads to eternal life in Hell. Jesus’ message is  that each individual must make his ultimate choice as to which gate and path he will choose.

The Wide and the Narrow Way – Charlotte Reihlen (original 1866) ; Paul Beckmann (Idee late 1900’s)

Every day of our lives we make decisions.  Some are mundane, some are important, and one is critical.  Which gate and path are you traveling?  My prayer is that you are on the narrow path … the one that leads to eternity in Heaven!  Don’t be deceived!  Heed the message of Jesus to those following the wide path:  Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness (Matthew 7:21-23).'”

Have you made the choice to travel the narrow path?  Jesus will serve as your guide if you will let Him.  If you are not yet a Christian, I invite you to visit this page describing how you can Become a Christian and begin to walk the narrow path.

 

 

 

About jimdavenport

Jim Davenport resides in the USA in Northeast Georgia, is a member of a Southern Baptist Church and is a retired Christian business man. Jim and his wife Charlotte have one son and daughter in law, Keven and Amy, four grandchildren – Ashlyn (Davenport) & Josh Murphy, Mason & Rebecca (Knight) Davenport and four great-grandchildren. Jim and Charlotte own a mountain get-away home located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama where they spend many spring, summer and fall days working in their raised bed organic garden. Jim has served as a Deacon and Trustee in his local church most of his adult life and on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Shorter University, an intentionally Christian institution located in Rome, Georgia. Jim has a passion for the word of God and has always believed that Christian principles should guide every aspect of his life. He also loves Christian music and often served as a tenor soloist in his church. One of the highlights of his life was the nearly 20 years he spent singing with The Good News, a Southern Gospel quartet. Jim served as an Information Technology professional his entire working career of 50 years holding senior positions in and consulting with hundreds of world-class organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Jim remains as President and CEO of InfoSys Solutions Associates, Inc. and is a retired partner of IT Governance Partners, LLC, both of which are “Trusted Advisor” technology and business consulting firms. Jim has authored a number of books available at www.jimdavenport.me/jims-books. His blog has ben read by readers from more than 170 countries. Jim holds both a BS and an MS in Mathematics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and completed Management Development Training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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