BETWEEN THE LINES a frontline devotional

Two Kinds of Easy

Day 16

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road 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.”

– Matthew 7:13,14

You’ve probably heard that pursuing the wide path is considered easier than following Christ. You also may have heard that doing things God’s way is also easier in its own way. This is not some Christian contradiction. Let’s take a closer look at the two statements.

The wide path is easier in the beginning, but more damaging in the end. It’s an in-your-face solution to a problem or desire you have. You might even call it an instinctual solution, but only because it requires little thought. For example, guy and girl each think the other is cute. Guy/girl asks the other out. Guy and girl end up in a relationship. Guy and girl break up. Guy and girl repeat the cycle multiple times with other people or with each other again. A few years down the wide road, after guy and girl are scarred from all those relationships, each falls in love with yet another person, carrying all that baggage into a not-so-happy marriage. The wide path is the thing that everyone else is doing because everyone else is doing it. Some might say, “It’s just a part of life.” On the wide path you can’t help but accumulate garbage.

The narrow path is perhaps a bit harder. It’s the narrow path because you don’t always find it right away, as if it’s buried in the deepest section of a rain forest in the middle of nowhere. It’s watching everyone else, apparently way happier than you as they date around. The narrow path is waiting a little longer for the right spouse because you trust God more than your own sense and reason. You wait through the loneliness, but then you finally meet the spouse that God thoughtfully crafted just for you (and you for them). You have a deeper appreciation for the relationship, because you’ve waited for it so long. Your marriage is more fruitful and fulfilling because you don’t have any baggage from past relationships. The narrow path is God’s best for your life. It makes you think, “This is too good to be true,” but it really is true and you don’t have to look back and wonder if you made the right decision. In the long run, it is easier because you’re not carrying burdens of the past.

Pursue the narrow path God has for you, no matter what it takes. Confess to Him that you trust the plans He has for your life, because God always has a perfect plan. Always.

Pursue your purpose in Him,

Anthony B.