Friday, 6 December 2013

THE GATES (PART TWO)

TEXT: MATTHEW 7:13-14
“You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide FOR THE MANY WHO CHOOSE THAT WAY. 14 but the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, AND ONLY A FEW EVER FIND IT.”
In the first part of this topic I explained why the gate to the kingdom of God is narrow and why the road is difficult. I also talked about the criteria for entering through the narrow gate (Holiness).
In this second part I want to talk about “The highway to hell is BROAD AND ITS GATE IS WIDE FOR THE MANY WHO CHOOSE THAT WAY.”
Unlike the first gate that is narrow and can only contain one person at a time (because the Christian race is an individual race). With many conditions to meet, and  only few people gains access to it.
The broad way that leads to hell is free without any restriction, no code of conduct, no criteria to meet, no rules and regulations, in fact it is a place of lawlessness! It is a place where all manner of bad behaviours are accepted, you are allowed to enjoy your free will on earth (To go face the nemesis in hell). You can enter this gate with as many people as you want (That is why it is broad). The entrance gate to hell is wide enough that people can go in convoy; friends can go in together, husbands and wives, colleagues at work E.T.C. the gate is for multitude of unrepentant sinners. Many things that take people to go in through this broad road are things that look good, pleasant and attractive to our flesh. We all love things that gives comfort but if care is not taken, those things that give comfort can lead someone to hell. If we have an opportunity in choosing from going through a hard task and choosing an easy task, we would all jump for the easy one; because nobody loves doing anything that is cumbersome when you have an easy alternative. Looking at it from human point of view it is easier to go through the broad way and the wide gate where there is no restriction, and where nothing will hinder your movement; because the way is broad enough for easy movement. Most of the time whatever comes easy does not stand the test of time, the value of a thing determine the price that will be placed on it. Things of low value will attract low price and vice versa. When you look at the rewards and all that you will enjoy when you get to heaven, you would see that the price is worth paying (Nothing good comes easy).  Many people are still postponing the day of their salvation, many are “saved” but they are still engaging in sin. If the trumpet sounds today and you are caught in sin, those days of your holy living may not save you. Let us live each day as if it is our last day on earth. May the good and merciful God give us the grace to live above sin in Jesus name.
Stop at this point! Look at yourself and evaluate your life, what are those things you are doing that are contrary to holy living? These are things that can make people to tread on the broad way and end up going through the wide gate. God is a merciful God; He said if we confess our sin and depart from it, He is faithful and just to forgive us (1John 1:9).
The road you take today will determine your gate of entrance and your gate of entrance determines your eternal destination (choose right today).

Go to God with sincerity of heart and ask for forgiveness, you have the opportunity to make amends while you are still living, tomorrow may be too late remember there is no repentance in the grave! (Hebrew 9:27).

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