Your friends decided it was ridiculous to take
the narrow, rocky path, because they thought they knew of an easier way to
get there. However, they didn't realize that if they went the easier way,
they would never find the friends home!
The point I am making is this, Jesus said, "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
Our Savior and Forever
Friend, Jesus, wants us to know that going his way is not always the
easy way to get home to God. But it is the ONLY way to get there.
Why do you suppose people choose the
might people not want to follow the ways of God? (Peer pressure, embarrassment, temptation,
pride, treasuring things on earth over heavenly things, never hearing
the Good News, etc.)
Many people think they
know how to get to God. Some believe if they are good enough, try hard
enough, have Christian parents, do enough good works, go to church, know
the right people, or say certain prayers, that these things will
get them to Heaven when they die. But Jesus
said, "I am the way and the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"
John 14:6. The Bible also says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this
not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can
It is not the things we do that
lead us to God, but it is
what Jesus has done for us. It may seem
narrow, and sometimes difficult, but Jesus has told us that he is the
only way home, and we can trust him to guide us there. Follow him!
Pray: Dear Jesus, help us to follow your
way. Help us never to be embarrassed about you or to think we can get to heaven
on our own good works. Help us to depend on you and trust you to lead
the way home. Amen.
More ways to play The Narrow Way Game
(Cut holes on each side of a box
through which kids blow their ping-pong balls.)
Set up a course for children
to blow their ping-pong balls through the "narrow way," which
is not easy. The good news, however, is that with Jesus, who is the WAY,
he is the Gate, he helps us to stay on the narrow path as we travel
through life. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Set up: Establish a course with a "narrow
way" at the end for players to move through in order to reach a
cross. We used a playground tunnel for our narrow way, and made a sign
to represent the Gate, with Jesus' name on it, then attached it
to the beginning of the tunnel.
We also placed a cross at the end of the tunnel for players to touch
when they came out the other side.
Shown here, players on teams
kicked balls around, and in and out, of playground cones, to reach the
"narrow way," and then through the
Gate, "Jesus." Players raced in relay style to the cross, and
back to their teams to tag off to the next player in line. The kids loved this
game and wanted to play again and again!