READ : Matthew 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate. (v. 13 NIV)
We can know that we know Christ by the fruit of obedience. But what if there is little fruit? I can hear someone say, “I felt like a failure before; now I feel afraid. What do I do with Jesus’ challenging words?” Listen to the good news before and after the frightening words of Matthew 7:23—there is a way back and a way forward.
If you are unsure that you know Christ and that he knows you, you can go back. Here’s how: “Enter through the narrow gate.” There’s a wide gate that anyone can go through. It is the way of the world, the way of the immoral majority. It’s easy and smooth, and it leads to destruction. But there is one narrow gate that leads to life. What is that gate? Listen to Jesus in John 10: “I am the gate for the sheep . . . . Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture . . . . I lay down my life for the sheep” (vv. 7, 9, 15 NIV).
If you are the black sheep of the family because you’ve wandered, if you suspect that you might even be a goat because you have not been obedient at all, you can get back on the path of discipleship by coming to Christ, again. As often as you leave the path of obedience, take the way back. Enter through the Gate and rest in his sacrificial love for lost sheep.
Jesus, I come to you now, again. Amen.