Do you know what a “well-traveled path” is? It’s a route or road that hundreds and even thousands of other people have used. It may have indications of the fact by having a pothole or crack in the road, or a dented safety rail here or there.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Pro 14:12 NIV)
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Pro 16:25 NKJV)
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Lk 13:24 NKJV)
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mat 7:13-14 NKJV)
In spiritual terms, the well-traveled path is the “way that appears to be right, but in the end leads to death.” (Pro 14:12 NIV) This helps us to understand that following Christ as a disciple means that more often than not, we will be living our lives “against the flow.” While the worldly, unsaved people are going in one direction, believers are going in a completely different direction and along a path that is narrow and difficult.
The verse from Luke 13 (above) reminds us that the narrow gate is the one intended for believers who love Jesus Christ. But as Matthew 7:14 reminds us, difficult is the way which leads to life (eternal life).
Why is the path to eternal life difficult? Because it has many challenges to our faith and to our self-control. There are temptations to sin and also to unbelief, and they are placed in the path by the enemy of our souls. 1 Peter 5:8 says: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We must be sober and vigilant to guard our relationship with Jesus, and to keep it vital and full of life.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Joh 14:6)
Jesus is the WAY into eternal life. He is the person whose footsteps we believers follow. The path that He traveled IS our roadmap and our path. (Ps 85:13) We can understand, then, that following only the footsteps of Jesus will cause the trail to be understandably narrow.
Remember that the Scriptures tell us that God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light upon our path. (Ps 119:105) His Word will reveal many things to us as we travel along the path of righteousness.
We have been given a promise from the Lord that as we travel the path of righteousness, we will find only life—and no death in any form. In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death. (Pro 12:28) This is a very valid and important reason to continue to follow Jesus throughout our lives.
God says that as we obey Him, He makes our paths straight.
. . . in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Pro 3:6)
The Lord makes our steps along the way stable and strong as we rejoice in Him and in our salvation. The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him . . . (Ps 37:23 NIV) What a promise! Hallelujah!