by John E. Werhan
While living in Colorado several of our friends and schoolmates enjoyed hiking in the Front Range. Every other day we would travel to Roxborough Park to walk the paths.
We had a choice of the valley path or the one up the side of the mountain. The lower or valley path was fairly easy with its wide road bed and it did not take as much effort as the one that circled around the crest of the mountain.
The path along the crest of the mountain was narrow and in most places only one person could transverse it in safety. If one were to deviate from the path they would either run into the mountain or fall from the precipice. Both were enjoyable but to get the most out of one’s hike the one on the mountain was the best choice.
As one walks the path of this life each must make a choice between the lower path and the higher path. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount said concerning one’s ultimate destination of one’s walk:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14).
It is the narrow path that leads to the narrow gate (heaven). The lower path or wide easy path is that which leads to the wide gate and to destruction (hell) or eternal separation from God in the abyss with Satan and his angels.
Another reality found in this passage is that those who walk the narrow path and enter the narrow gate will be few in comparison to the many that walk the wide path and enter the wide gate. What Jesus is telling us is that the majority of people choose an eternity in hell over an eternity in heaven.
It breaks my heart to see individuals choose the wide path in their walk of life. This choice breaks the heart of God (Proverbs 15:9). How sad to see one’s creation/children walk away into the eternal abyss. King David knew the importance of making the right choices (Psalm 16:8-11). David made many mistakes but he knew the importance of walking daily in the path of righteousness (Psalm 25:10).
The path one chooses to walk in this life will dictate their eternal destination. Every individual must decide if they want to spend eternity in heaven or hell.
As long as the door is open one can change their choice (Luke 13:23-28).