Growing up, I had a friend who lived on a dead end road. Sometimes we would sit on his front porch and watch people drive up and turn around. We would wonder if they were just driving up to see what we were doing or if they didn’t see the sign that said “Dead End”. You could see the frustration on some of their faces as they drove up to the closed metal gate that led to a field full of cows. Have you ever made a wrong turn and ended up hitting the end of the road? It’s frustrating and makes you rethink where you are going. In the Bible, Jesus talks about two different roads. Everyone in the world is on one of these roads. One of the roads is easy and wide. It’s perfectly paved and there are very few obstacles. You can put on the cruise control and just coast. But at the end of the this road is a dead end. All along the way, it felt like it was leading somewhere, but at the end, all the travel time was for nothing. The other road Jesus talks about is a more difficult road. A road that is full of hills, valleys, potholes, and once in awhile, glimpses of the amazing! Everyday on this road is an unpredictable journey of looking for opportunities to make the most along the way. The road is narrow and when you look down below you can see the wide road filled with people flying through life. They all seem to be getting somewhere. They seem to be sprinting to the end and it looks like they know where they are going. But they don’t. You see, if you are on the narrow path, you know the end is not a dead end but just the beginning.
I hope you choose the narrow road. I hope you don’t get to the end of your life and wonder if this life was all for nothing. Leading you to nowhere. A dead end. Are you following Jesus? What if you could live with confidence knowing the end of the road for you wasn’t a dead end?
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. – Matthew 7:13-14