“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction and there are many who would take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life and here are few who find it.”
|Matthew 7.13-14, NRSV|
There is a song that begins, “Where he leads me, I will follow.” But as we learn from Jesus’ disciples, this is easier sung than practiced. It is easy to sing of our devotion to God but walking out the lyrics can prove to be a challenge.
And after Easter, it is hard to get persons to attend church. Christ is risen and our work here is finished, right? Wrong. Discipleship is not practiced on special days or for a set amount of time.
Discipleship is also not a matter of comfort. It is not about doing what feels good to us. It is not accomplished by keeping up appearances and certainly not our approval rating in society.
Instead, walking with Jesus can feel like a tight squeeze. There might be a desire for ease, for gain without sacrifice, for life without some little deaths along the way. But, our walk with Jesus is “no walk in the park.”
Jesus says his way is narrow and there is a limited spatial capacity. Few people will fit in and few people find it. There are no neon lights, red carpet or crowds there. In fact, the road is not even paved but it leads to life. Still, will you follow Jesus where ever?