The Narrow Gate

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Luke 13:24

If the gate is narrow, there must be a good reason.

Lord, please help me keep stripped down of any unnecessary baggage [attitudes, false beliefs, prejudices] that makes me too wide to fit through. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Entering

The gate is narrow
Your arms are wide
as the cross
upon which You died

and I’m so, so thankful
there is any width of way
so I’ll strive to enter
just as You say.

19 Comments

  1. Oh Deb, this is so good! I need this. There must be a reason…so true. I want to reflect on what I need to strip away at this time in my life.

  2. Had to come back and reread…

  3. Hey Angel . . .you are a night owl too? 🙂 I’m thinking you fit through that gate just fine! 🙂 God bless you and your sweet pure heart for Jesus!

  4. 🙂

  5. Sometimes I am a night owl…and sometimes a day owl-and nothing predictable or neat and tidy…mostly night, though. You are, too, aren’t you? 🙂 Thank you for the fresh words in the middle of the night! 🙂

  6. Deb, This is wonderful! I never thought of this before: “Lord, please help me keep stripped down of any unnecessary baggage [attitudes, false beliefs, prejudices] that makes me too wide to fit through.” I never thought of being too wide for the gate! The poem is so good. The gate is narrow, but when we go through we will find Him with His arms wide. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  7. “… stripped down of any unnecessary baggage…”

    I love it when your writing offers two meanings, one that is common, and one with more depth (attitudes, false beliefs, predjudices).

    Today I’m praying for those in Japan, who, as of now, will not be able to “fit”. How can they find Christ when they can’t even find their car? Their loved ones? I know God will make a way… another great poem today. Hugs… 🙂

  8. Hi Deb,
    What an awesome post, rather than ask for more as so many in our world do today, asking for less that we may not be prevented from entering through the narrow gate. God Bless
    Jim

  9. Well, I need to keep up with the exercising and healthy eating with you, or I might not fit through for other reasons! 🙂 God bless you Linda, as you rest today in His arms!

  10. I love how your mind works and prays and sees the needs around you! God bless you and all you do in His name!

  11. Not sure that’s what Jesus was getting at, so taking some liberties here! 🙂 God bless you and your family, Jim!

  12. Thank you, Deb

    This is a beautiful offering and a stern warning all at once.

    Praying alongside you! Wouldn’t want anything to keep me from getting through that gate!

    Blessings
    ann

  13. I don’t think keeping up with my exercise and eating habits is much of a goal! I’m still working on developing good habits in both areas. If it would just quit raining here I could get out to walk my dog, but it just keeps pouring. I might need an ark to get home! Peace, Linda

  14. “The gate”…or “the door”…are they the same? I believe they are. Some day I might change my mind. If I am right that would mean Jesus is “the gate”. 🙂

    I am thinking of this passage:

    ” 1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

    2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

    3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

    4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

    5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

    6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

    7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

    8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

    9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

    10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:1-10

    For some reason I am reminded of Christmas trees. We might have one that is too big around to get in the house, but since I paid for it I can trim it and get it in. I am so thankful that the Lord prunes all who have ever trusted in Him and received Him as their Savior…so thankful we don’t have to prune ourselves. 🙂

  15. I’m sure you are good Ann-full-of-grace. Grace flows real easily through that narrow gate! 🙂 God bless you and hold you close today!

  16. I love the verses you added. You are so good at that, deepening and strengthening our understanding. I also believe that Jesus is that gate . . .narrow to some, but wide to those who believe on Him. Sorry, my post didn’t reflect that really well, though, did it? Argh! I guess I got carried away with the whole narrow concept. I was thinking of how when we believe in Him, He becomes all that matters and all the other stuff of life falls away . . .along with the bad attitudes, etc. But you’re right, we don’t do that part, except to bring them to Him. He does the stripping away part. And it feels good to be carrying less, to be walking through that narrow gate. 🙂
    God bless you, my woman of the word and comforter to our souls! love you!

  17. Theresa, Both the NIV and NLT translations have translated the term as “gate” in this passage, and so in verse 7 Jesus says, “I am the gate for the sheep.” I think the difference is simply one of translation choices. Peace, Linda

  18. I feel the same way about you!

    Love,
    Theresa

  19. Linda,

    Thank you. I am very thankful that the Lord made a way for all who would place their faith in Him. I am so thankful Jesus was the way.

    Blessings,
    Theresa


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