Matthew 7:13, 14 "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." There is yet another observation we can make at the gate. Even though the gate is small and narrow, the space beyond it is quite spacious. As David said of the Lord in Psalm 18: 19, He brought me into a spacious place. . . Also, he said in Psalm 118:5 (KJV), I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. It is interesting to note that the NIV translates this verse as follows, In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. The place of freedom is indeed a large place! And it is certainly not that once we pass through the gate we again pick up those things we left behind. Those things are not found in the Kingdom. However, the place we have now entered is a place of great abundance--lavish extravagant love, peace that passes understanding, and joy unspeakable and full of glory. So our journey through the gate is as Christ's journey through the cross, Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). Christ endured the cross because of the promise of great reward beyond the cross, and I believe also, the knowledge that He was pleasing His Father in carrying out His good will and purpose as He delighted in His Father. And it is in light of this that we are encouraged in verse 1 of this same passage, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Press on! Your journey has the promise of great reward! We begin to enter into it even as we step inside and our experience of it only broadens and deepens as we go forward.