Narrow Road of Discipleship

Narrow is the road of discipleship.  Narrow is the road to life …


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


Narrow trail between brush

When talking about the narrow gate, many of us in the church look at those outside the church and say, “Yeah, they’re on the broad road that leads to destruction. And were on the narrow road.” To which I think Jesus looks at the modern church and says, “Nuh uh. It’s even more narrow than that.”


“Nuh uh. It’s even more narrow than that.”


Even inside the church … the road to discipleship is narrow. 

I know that’s a hard pill to swallow. Yet, look at the next sections of the Sermon on the Mount.

True and False Prophets [Read Matthew 7:15-20]

  • Not everyone speaks truth.
  • Not everyone is seeking your good.

True and False Disciples [Read Matthew 7:21-23]

  • Not everyone who thinks they are on the narrow road is truly on the narrow road.
  • Your path on the narrow road is proven by doing the will of the Father.

This passage should not lead us to look outside the church and say, “Yeah. There on the broad road that leads to destruction.” Rather, it should cause us to look inward and ask the question, “Am I on the narrow road?”

I don’t type this red-faced and angry. I type this as a pastor caring for the sheep of the church. If we were one on one I’d ask: Are you on the narrow road of discipleship? Are you on the narrow road that leads to life?

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