A fence-less society is God’s for dream us, and this is definitely not a pipe dream. We will live to see a society built solely on love and mutual respect; a world where even animals will stop killing each other; a world void of crime and abuse; a world where we can devote our energies to build, create, invent, explore, interact, and inspire. – Welcome to God’s kingdom!
God has rolled up His sleeves and paved a way to fulfill His dream by sending us the Prince of Peace. Jesus is the door opener to God’s peace on Earth.
Whether we like it or not, we have an enemy to our soul. This enemy has many names and may look like the nightmare figure of a fairy tale, but his hate for us is very real. Satan has affected all of us one way or the other. Despite his vicious activities though, he will not bring us down if we trust in the Lord.
As part of His salvation plan, God chose to become powerless and relinquish Himself. This goes against everything we believe. We believe in warfare and conquering by force. How in the world could God save us by letting go of His power and submitting to human limitations? As puzzling as it may be, God’s method of salvation is clearly not ours to choose.
The devil mistakenly believed that by having Jesus killed on the cross he would emerge as the winner. Ironically, Jesus won the war by letting Himself get killed. Jesus upholds the principle of peace to His dying breath.
In a world full of fences and ongoing violence we are offered a different way of thinking and a new code to live by. Jesus introduces all mankind to this new world, the kingdom of God, starting in the here and now. Among all the gifts Jesus has given, friendship with God is His greatest gift of all.
If the gate to God’s kingdom is narrow, does this
mean that God is narrow-minded? If the highway to hell is broad, does this mean
that its inhabitants are broadminded? Is Lucifer tolerant and accepting of you
and me because he lets us travel down a six-lane freeway uninhibited, while God
seemingly hasn’t upgraded Heaven’s accessibility by holding on to an antiquated
narrow little gate that people have to pass through? Not only do we have to
deal with a narrow gate but also with a difficult road leading up to it … does
this mean that God doesn’t want us in Heaven in the first place?
If something in the Bible rubs me the wrong way
this usually piques my interest. It makes me curious, and I want to dig deeper.
Nothing is what it seems – especially when it comes to God – and knowing that
God has the biggest heart and the sharpest mind, there’s no way that He could
be narrow-minded. So, what is up with this narrow gate and the bumpy road
leading up to it? Does God just have a weird sense of humor? And is Lucifer
being hospitable having a broad freeway leading to his hellish home? I believe
we get the point when we not only look at the road but also consider its
The comparison between the two roads is a
comparison of lifestyles Jesus is pointing out in His Sermon on the
Mount. One of the eyewitnesses of the day when Jesus delivered this
famous sermon is Matthew. Matthew and all the other disciples of Jesus sat down
on a mountainside in Israel as an enormous crowd was gathering. According to
Matthew’s eyewitness account Jesus opens up His sermon with The Beatitudes
“God blesses those who are poor and realize
their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
I believe this verse is the key to understanding
the two roads. Knowing that we need God gives us an idea where to go. Not
knowing that we need God makes us drifters because it doesn’t really matter
where we go – and we may drift into all kinds of different directions – if
we’re moving away from God, we’re on that broad highway. And I’m not saying
that highway equals easy ride. It may very well be that we get stuck in
traffic. We may bump into each other causing accidents. There’s road rage. It
may not be such a pleasant road trip on highway to hell after all, to a point
that some may eventually second-guess their initial decision, abandon their car
wreck and look for that unassuming bumpy road leading to an unassuming little
gate where we will receive a hearty welcome.
Being on this bumpy road for a number of years I can testify to the fact that God has never let me down. Here is an open secret I would like to share: walking with God is the most rewarding experience one can imagine. Forget about road conditions! God with us, Immanuel, makes everything worthwhile. And who knows – to let believers in, one person at a time, the narrow gate may accommodate for a personal welcome. Embraced by the Savior of the whole world and affectionately held in His embrace, we peek over His shoulder and see a huge crowd who preceded our homecoming, the crowd who also – one by one – proceeded to pass through that narrow gate right into the arms of Jesus. What a day that will be! Can you imagine?