“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
Do you know how many a few is? A lot of people think that it means three, but in actuality, it doesn’t have a specific numeric value; it means not many, but more than one. So a few could technically be as small a number as two, or maybe a handful, but definitely not a large quantity.
Many of us who grew up in church are familiar with Jesus’ parable about the small gate and the narrow road. This is the story in which the term few becomes very significant. Jesus tells us in this parable that many people will find the broad road that leads to destruction, but few will find the narrow way. Now, you might have been taught that the two gates and roads represent Heaven and hell, and while Jesus may have been talking here about eternal destiny, I believe that He was also talking about the narrow road that leads to zoe, or full and abundant life in the Kingdom of God. Zoe is the kind of existence that Jesus was living every single day; the kind He was trying to get His disciples to embrace then and still is today — one that is overflowing with purpose, passion, and joy. In other words, following the narrow road means being fully alive, and surprisingly, only a few get there!
Friend, if you want a really rich, awesome and fulfilling life, embrace the struggle; even seek the struggle! Don’t run away from obstacles, because the challenges that stand between you and all the possibilities in your life are going to make you an even better version of yourself. When you go through hard times, Christ within you is glorified and His power materializes! Isn’t that wonderful news?
Jesus, thank you for calling me to have zoe. I pray for grace to travel the narrow road no matter what the cost, because I want to be fully alive in you.
What does zoe mean to you? Are you willing to walk the narrow road to find it?
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