“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
Jesus compared the way to heaven as a path and suggested that many have intentionally widened that path by pushing aside God’s boundaries. Many focus on the passages that promise what God will do for them, but Jesus’ disciples take the whole counsel of God seriously. Disciples follow God whether they agree with God’s word, whether they understand or not, whether obeying is comfortable.
Some elevate their opinions, feelings, and thoughts above the Word of God, while disciples elevate the Word of God above their beliefs, feelings, and ideas. Jesus says that because so many have created a wider path, they will miss the gate that leads to eternal life with Him. Many will miss eternity with Him because they believe they are playing the game properly. But it is not a game or a performance.
The creator of the universe wants us to spend eternity with Him. He has given us the Holy Spirit, prayer, and scripture to guide us to Him. He desires for us to have a relationship with Him. He invites us to be disciples of Jesus, so we are transformed into the creation He created. He wants more than people going through the motions.