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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Last night I cut my hand open with a pair of scissors.

I was at my kitchen table, sorting some bills and organizing the papers that always seem to get out of control when the mail arrives.  (Side note: Weren’t we supposed to be a paperless society by now?)  Anyway, I found an old credit card in amongst everything and decided that I should cut it up and throw it away, instead of leaving it lying around.  So I got a pair of scissors out of the junk drawer and started whacking away.

And, a few seconds later, bleeding everywhere.

At this point, you may be wondering what on earth this has to do with the verse in Matthew.  Well, as I said, I was cutting up a credit card.  Now, I didn’t need to be using a pair of scissors.  I have a shredder that, in about two seconds, will cut anything into neato little diamond shapes.  I could have run the credit card through that.  But I didn’t feel like walking up the stairs and listening to all the racket the shredder makes, so I did what I thought would be easier.

Wrong.  Using the scissors may have been easier initially, but the puncture wound I gave myself ended up bleeding through half a dozen paper towels and several band-aids.  It took me quite awhile to get myself cleaned up and the bleeding stopped.

The easier way proved itself to be more destructive in the end.

Yes, running the credit card through the shredder required the extra steps of going upstairs and turning on the machine.  But had I done that, I would have saved myself a lot of trouble.  It’s the same way in our walk with Christ.  The entrance to the Kingdom – the gate that Matthew is talking about – is narrow.  You have to believe and accept that Christ died for your sins.  Walking with Him in faith isn’t the easy path.  It means a life filled with challenges, because the world would rather have us do things the easy way.  In the end, however, you’ll be saved from destruction, because Christ’s blood has canceled out the debt from sinning that you owe God.  And while your walk on earth may be difficult, Jesus promises to walk every step of the way with you

This week, take the extra step to do the right thing and follow Him.  I can promise you, you’ll be glad you did.