In his classic book Pilgrims Progress Mr. Bunyan describes the journey of Christian Hopeful, and Ignorance to the Celestial City.
On the way, Christian and Hopeful meet a lad named Ignorance, who believes that he will be allowed into the Celestial City through his own good deeds rather than as a gift of God’s grace. Christian and Hopeful meet up with him twice and try to persuade him to journey to the Celestial City in the right way. Ignorance persists in his own way that he thinks will lead him into Heaven. After getting over the River of Death on the ferry boat of Vain Hope without overcoming the hazards of wading across it, Ignorance appears before the gates of Celestial City without a passport, which he would have acquired had he gone into the King’s Highway through the Wicket Gate.
Had he gone through the wicket gate…
CEO’s, professional athletes, celebrities, those who achieve the pinnacles of success despite their fame, money, power come crashing down. In their crucial wicket gate moments they chose a different path. The wrong path. And all of their success achievements are empty.
And the same is true for all of us.
We come to our “wicket gate”. In relationships, careers, life choices, everyday decisions.
There are always choices regarding which path to take.
We cut corners, bend the truth, take the path of least resistance, and in the end reap the consequences.
Jesus said straight is the gate.
Narrow is the way.
By definition there is only one gate that will not be identified by the ease and which we passed through it.
Only one path that will not be crowded.
We can bypass the gate, follow the crowd but like Ignorance get to our destination and find we missed it.
It is important how we get there. In fact it is crucial in natural and spiritual matters.
Entering the gate, following the path will not be easy. But when we get there it will be worth it.