I was sent this today and I hesitated to share it with you. But something in my heart said that we need to know and realise where we are now and how to find our hearts desire…to be with those we love. We have hope but we need to know if its achievable. Also is there a deeper reason as to why we are going through all this?
Are we going to make it down the narrow road? We are grief filled and suffering. I hope that something resonates with us all on a topic that I feel is very sensitive - yet somehow I was being asked to share it with you.
When we read the word narrow, we tend to associate it with prejudicial selection. It sounds as though God has rated us all on some scale of acceptability and only allows a select few to enter His presence. However, few verses earlier, Jesus had told the same audience, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Jesus made it clear: the path to eternal life is open to everyone who asks.
However, the gate to heaven is “narrow” in the sense of having a particular requirement for entrance—faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is found only in the Person of Jesus Christ; He is the only way (John 14:6). The “wide” gate is non-exclusive; it allows for human effort and all other of the world’s religions .Jesus says that narrow gate leads to a “hard” road, one that will take us through hardships and difficult decisions.
(This sounds like we are on this journey already!)
Maybe we are suffering so much because our spirit is preparing for the narrow gate? It knows we want
restoration and reunion.
Following Jesus requires crucifying our flesh (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; Romans 6:2), living by faith (Romans 1:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 10:38), enduring trials with Christlike patience (James 1:2–3, 12; 1 Peter 1:6), and living a lifestyle separate from the world (James 1:27; Romans 12:1–2). When faced with the choice between a narrow, bumpy road and a wide, paved highway, most of us choose the easier road. Human nature gravitates toward comfort and pleasure. When faced with the reality of denying themselves to follow Jesus, most people turn away (John 6:66). Jesus never sugar-coated the truth, and the truth is that not many people are willing to pay the price to follow Him.
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/narrow-path.html#ixzz2p2Hn3GsX