One evening while facilitating a Bible study at the jail I asked, “If you were to die today do you know where you’d go?”
I was surprised at the answers. One woman said she’d go to heaven because she got saved ten years ago when she had said the “sinner’s prayer.” She thought the prayer had saved her, even though she’d continued in her life of sin!
Another woman said she was sure she’d go to heaven because “I’m a good person. I’ve never really done anything wrong.”
I wanted to say, “HELLO! Do you know where you are?”
I explained that Jesus once told a story about two roads in life. The wide road has many people on it, but it leads to destruction. Jesus said the narrow road leads to life. Then He added, “only a few find it.”
I told them that I believe we are all on the wide road when we start out in life. We are all sinners and we are all destined to spend eternity separated from God in hell.
That is why Jesus came. He wanted to save us so we wouldn’t have to go there! When we make the decision to give our lives to Jesus, that is when we step off the wide road and step onto the narrow road. That is when we change our direction in life. There MUST be change when we come to Christ.
Consider a person who has given his life to Jesus and starts walking down the narrow road of life. She’s reading the Bible, praying, obeying God, loving others and one day she weakens and falls into sin. What happens then?
She can say, “I’m just a loser and I can’t live the Christian life. I might as well keep on sinning.”
Or she can say, “Dear God, I am so sorry. Help me never do that again.” Then she gets back on her feet and continues down the narrow road. She may find herself falling into sin once in a while, but she repents—turns away from her sin and continues down the narrow road of life—all the way to heaven.
In my own life I have found the longer I walk with Jesus, the less and less I fall into sin. If I do, I quickly come to my senses, repent and continue following Jesus.
Why is that? It’s because once I found forgiveness, surrendered my life to Christ and began walking that narrow road of life, I experienced the love of God and it became more and more difficult to sin. When I did sin, I was miserable!
That miserable feeling is the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin. We’ll feel miserable until we have repented—which means to turn around and go the other way.
- 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. Matthew 7:13-14