On life’s journey through the narrow gate, we encounter many distractions and off-the-wall paths along the way. These paths call to us from those like “Ignorance, Folly, and Faithless”. They beg us to follow their shortcuts and ignore the straight narrow path that has no view, no vision, no fun, and no reimbursement. We look at both paths. Which one should we take? Surely if it’s a shortcut, it can’t be so bad.
Along the shortcut, we encounter a swamp, a bog, a quagmire. This is the first obstacle in our journey which mires us down and leads to doubts and fears. We finally cross this “slough of despond” only to find ourselves way off course and again headed the wrong way.
Once we find ourselves back on course, we encounter Mr. Worldly Wiseman. He seems honest and kind and suggests that we end our journey so that we do not fail from death and starvation. Instead, his suggestion is to settle down in a small town where we can focus on family. This is a tempting suggestion to just be a good person and forget about the journey. This is an easy way out, and we think about it. Then our friend, Evangelist comes to us. He is furious that we are even listening to Mr. Worldly WiseMan. If we want to save our soul, we must get back on the right path quickly. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 Isaiah 35:8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.
Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
What book is this story referencing?
Have you begun the path of the narrow gate or have you stuck with the shortcuts?
Who gives you worldly advice like Mr. Worldly Wiseman?
Answer: Pilgrims Progress written by John Bunyan