We are currently wrapping up the sixteen-week Redefined Series and all I can say is, “What a blessing!” My appreciation for Jesus’ longest recorded sermon has grown by leaps and bounds over the last four months. I used to think that the Sermon on the Mount was boring and far removed from the realities of my life. Not anymore. Every section of this sermon hits the unsanctified areas of my life like never before.
Last week we talked about entering the narrow gate and walking through the narrow road. Immediately, the question that came to my mind was, “Why would Jesus ask his disciples to take the difficult road of discipleship?” The following are the seven reasons why you should choose the narrow gate.
1. Because that is the gate that leads to life. The other alternative is the broad way that leads to death. A wise person would choose something that ends well.
2. Because this is the way of Christ. Apart from Christ, there’s no other way to life everlasting (Acts 4:12).
3. Because this is how the upside down kingdom of God works. The way to life is by dying. The way to glory is through the cross.
4. Because God is glorified in us when we endure hardship for the sake of his name. When we pursue Christ despite difficulties, we recognize that Jesus is greater and more valuable than anything else in this world.
5. Because God providentially uses the difficulties of the narrow road to strip away the pride and the layers of sin from our lives. Suffering has a way of removing our impurities and forging us into the image of Jesus.
6. Because the narrow road is the way of honor and sacrifice and endurance. Modern people may scoff at these virtues but they are the stuff that make life beautiful and compelling.
7. Because Jesus said it. Followers of Jesus recognize the Word of God as the authority of their lives. If Jesus said it, then I would love to do it.