And the Narrow Path
A Fictional Narrative
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).
There once was a city set on a hill. The light from it shown brightly beckoning those in the surrounding valleys to come. All those living in the surrounding valleys lived in darkness. The only way for those in the valley to gain access to the city was by a narrow path.
Those in the city encouraged all those in the valley to come and join them in the city. Those that lived there were blessed with the best of everything. Those living in the valleys were much less fortunate. There were dangers there that the residents faced every day. They lived lives far beneath the lives they might live in the city. Those in the city were perplexed as to why the valley people would not join them.
The valley people refused to come up into the city because the only way to gain access was along a narrow path. The narrow path was not something that the valley people wanted to attempt to travel on. They were used to wide-open areas that allowed them the freedom to go about their lives. They saw the narrow path as restrictive and they were happy with the lives they lived in the valley. They did not realize that what seemed restrictive actually would afford them great liberty and freedom. The light from the city attracted some of the valley people, but the majority of them remained in the low-lying areas where they could live their lives as they saw fit.
Storms would come through the area from time to time and both the city and valley areas were affected. However, the well-lit city on the hill seemed to weather these storms much better than those in the valley. The storms resulted in the death of many of the valley’s people. The shelters they choose were poorly constructed and did not weather storms well. The city on the hill, however, was well protected and the light showed them the way to the well-built shelter provided by the city.
This story has a wonderful ending for those in the well-lit city on the hill. But those that lived in the valley lived their lives in fear of the next storm. All they had to do to better their lives was to admit they were in the wrong place and take the narrow path to the well-lit city that provided the protection and light they needed to live better lives.
“Enter you in at the strait gate (door, which is Jesus): for wide is the gate, and broad its the way that leads to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat.”
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way (path), which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14).
We have a choice as we live out our lives. Will we choose to remain in the valley like those in our story, or will we come into the light of the Gospel? Jesus died for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith believing that His sacrifice at the cross paid the sin debt and enables us by the new birth to come into His glorious light. If you do not know the Lord, won’t you come by the straight gate and narrow way (Christ and Him crucified) to the One Who loves you and proved it by His sacrifice for your sin at the cross? Jesus said the following regarding the need for a spiritual birth:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water (natural birth) and the Spirit (spiritual birth), he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3).
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God Loves You!
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