Memorize: Matthew 7:13-14–Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Read: Matthew 5-7
Monday—This is our last week on Jesus longest and most famous recorded sermon. Here, in Matthew 7 we come to the bottom line. The part of the sermon where we have to stop listening and decide what were going to do with what we have learned. It is not just enough to hear His words; they must be acted upon. In this concluding section, Jesus put before His audience the choice which every man must make, the choice between mere religion and Christianity. In verses, 13 and 14 we have the two gates, in verses 15-23 we are encouraged to distinguish between the two kinds of guides, and in verses 24-27, we see the two foundations upon which men build their lives.
Tuesday— Many people today believe that God’s kingdom is governed on the same basis as our nation, democracy, if this was true then the right way to heaven would be that of the majority. When Jesus concluded his message, he made it clear that there are only two gates, only two paths before every man, and each of us must choose one or the other. This may seem surprising to some. Many believe that men are confronted with an almost infinite number of alternatives to them. Among so many alternatives, how can a man choose the right one? Because of this dilemma, many have concluded “all roads lead to heaven” and that it matters little which one we would choose. However, Jesus narrows our choices to only two: religion and Christianity.
Wednesday— The small gate is the entrance to the narrow way, the way which leads to eternal life. That gate is our Lord Jesus Himself. In the words of the Savior: “… Truly, truly, I say to you,… I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture… I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:7, 9, 11). In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” God’s only provision for man’s salvation and entrance to the kingdom is through faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Messiah and our Savior.
Thursday— The gate is not narrow because Jesus wants to make the way to heaven difficult. In fact, the opposite is true. Jesus wants all to know him as Savior and enter to a relationship with the Father. That is the promise of 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Jesus teaches us about the gate in his sermon as he announces it publically. He wants the gate to be clearly marked for all to see. The reason the gate is small is because there is only one way. Acceptance of Jesus free gift of eternal life and forgiveness is the only way through the gate. The gate is narrow because it is only Jesus.
Friday— If you want to enter God’s kingdom, do not follow the crowds, but trust in the Son of God who died for your sins and who offers to give you His righteousness. Our Lord did not leave us this sermon to satisfy our curiosities. What He taught demands decision. His Word points out the narrow gate as the way of salvation. It also exposes false guides who would lead us astray and provides us with a sure foundation on which to build our lives. Have you passed through that narrow gate? Have you trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as the door of salvation? Do you believe in Him as the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)? Is the Word of God your foundation and your guide?