The Road That Leads to Life

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

– Matthew 7:14

There is a teaching by Jesus in the book of Matthew that describes two roads. One is narrow and the other is wide. Jesus expounds by saying the narrow road leads to life! There is also a wide road to destruction/death. Notice that Jesus doesn’t use the words “should” or “shouldn’t” in describing what path to take. He merely presents us with two choices. Christians often focus on the words should and shouldn’t. However, I have a really hard time finding Jesus telling us anywhere that we “should” or “shouldn’t” do anything.

Yet as Christians, we tend to overemphasize the words should and shouldn’t. We often tell ourselves, “I should read, go to church, and pray.” Or “I should visit my neighbor and be kind,” and “I should forgive myself.” And we look at other people and say, “The government shouldn’t do this, and my neighbor shouldn’t do that. My sister shouldn’t do this, and my kids shouldn’t do that.” I think there’s something about the words should and shouldn’t that gets us into a trap. According to Jesus, there are two roads. We have a choice.

Friend, Jesus laid before you real life and death choices: Triumph or disaster, prosperity or poverty, joy or regret. It’s these choices that are laid before you. So today, choose life! If you say, “I just don’t feel alive anymore,” then choose life and choose the hard things that lead to it. It’s a narrow road and few will find it, but you can do it. Don’t be like everyone else. If you do what everyone else does, you get what everyone else gets. You can do something different. You can follow Christ! 


Father, help me to follow the instructions of Jesus and choose life.


Are you willing to make choices along the narrow road that leads to life?

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6 Responses

  1. I do not know what the road is. I have been on the road the right road I believe since God saved my life. Vietnam 1971. Bad things like illness but yet good things.

  2. Since Satan entered into me 1976 after I had said some things on the C B radio 1975 I remember thinking one day when I was working truck driving I was on Satan’s road 1976 or 1977. Satan has been taking over in another way since 2020. I do not know where I stand now with God. Tom Oh ya I think it was Satan who brought to mind a minute ago 2020 I could not think of the year. Mind block by Satan I think. It happens. I still try to believe in God.

  3. When I commented to you a couple hours ago about trying to believe in Jesus Satan said it is a dead end. I have heard that a number of times from Him recently. Try to believe in Jesus. God. I pray to Jesus anyway.God. Tom I would like to hear a comment. Thank You. Tom May in your own words.

    1. Tom, these are huge questions that are so good to ask. The right road is to repentance and salvation. The right road is away from sin and evil unto life and light. The bad road is to dwell and revel in sin and destruction. To turn our backs on God. God will accept you even if you haven’t yet repented. Repent means to turn from sin. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4) and this means we’ve all sinned, because we’ve all broken the Ten Commandments. (Gods law) so therefore we are destined for hell and destruction. Christ came to pay our debt that we might have a right relationship with God. The narrow road is this one. The saving road. I hope you choose life today!

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