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Matthew 7:13-14 - Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life

NIV 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.
KJV Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

It's easy to look at this verse and be fearful of not finding the small gate. But friends, He didn't speak this so that we would be afraid, He spoke this so we would know the truth.

Jesus is saying that to follow Him through the narrow gate would require faith, discipline, and endurance. This difficult life is the only life worth living.

On the other hand, to enter the wide gate is to live a life of self indulgence. If you choose the easy way, you will have an abundance of company, but you will miss God's plan for your life.

Do not stand in a cross roads, one foot in each direction. You have been given this day as a gift, choose to take it and walk through the narrow gate so that you might have life in abundance, both in this one and thereafter.

Matthew 6:27 - Who of you by worrying...

NIV Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
KJV Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Jesus asks this in the form of a question, allowing us to grow as we struggle with the answer, knowing that worrying adds not even a single second to our lives.

When we worry, we become divided between the worry and trusting God with our lives. This makes us weak in our faith and vulnerable to attack.

Our lives are not lengthy, so make each moment count, abandoning worry and clinging to the One who knows all the answers.