Being Narrow

                “ 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”.

When Jesus spoke these words (Matt. 7:13-14), He was in the midst of the greatest discourse ever recorded.  Jesus speaks of a “narrow and a wide or broad way.  He commands all of us to enter the narrow way.  This makes Jesus one who might be among those who are called “narrow minded” today.  Indeed He was a very narrow person.  He stated that His purpose was to “do the will of the Father” And not his own.  So complete was His obedience that he was above sin and set the perfect example.  This was accomplished by his narrowness regarding the will of God.  This should not be so strange.  We are living in a world that is regulated by very exacting and narrow standards.  For example, when a home is being constructed, for a buyer, the buyer expects the builder to be “narrow” minded and stay with the plans and desires of the one who is to pay the price when finished.  Also, science is a very “narrow” profession. The most advanced man in the field cannot turn from such a simple formulas H20 in the analysis of plain water, when taking a trip, we follow a very “narrow” hi-way, to the point of our destination. The value of “narrow” and exacting rules is evident in art, literature, mathematics, English, and every other pursuit of life.  Nothing, of an un-ordered nature, is worthy of the consideration of honest men.  Things of value don’t “just happen” but are the results of careful and exacting plans being followed carefully.

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