By Dennis C. Abernathy
“Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14).Most brethren claim to be seeking the “strait and narrow” gate that leads to eternal life. But isn’t it strange that many of the same are unable to find the door of the church building on Sunday and Wednesday evening?
These same brethren say they love the Lord. But it appears that their love for him is limited to the Sunday morning worship hour only! (And some do not even attend that regularly.)
The prevailing idea seems to be that one can manage to find the church building on Sunday morning (that is, if something more important does not come up). They may then act as though Sunday and Wednesday evening services do not exist. But, these same people want to be considered and treated as though they were sincerely seeking the kingdom first (Matt. 6:33), and walking the “strait and narrow way.
“If the “strait and, narrow” way could be found in front of the television, on the lake or golf course, or at the campsite; if it could be found resting in bed, at the family reunion, the little league game, scout meeting, or at various social and community club meetings, I would not worry so much about some of my brethren, for I am sure they would find and seek it out!
Brethren and friends, let’s face the truth of the matter. If you cannot find the doorway to the place of worship regularly, where Christ is present with those who are his and those who attend to the work in his kingdom, then don’t expect to find the “strait and narrow” way which leads to heaven! You just may be disappointed.
Guardian of Truth XXXII: 4, p. 117
February 18, 1988