About 14 years ago my family took a trip to see the Grand Canyon. We flew into Las Vegas and used it for a hub to see some things around there. While there in Las Vegas I noticed that the hotels were really nice, most people were gambling; notice I said gambling not winning. My youngest son was watching all these happy looking people giving their money away to slot machines and all kinds of other gambling devices in hopes of the big win. I began to look at the nice carpet, light fixtures and all the other nice furnishings. I then told my son if he had noticed how nice everything was? I asked him if everyone is winning how in the world do you think they could afford all this luxury? I read some facts yesterday and read this fact about the revenue generated from gambling. “The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined.” Wow! Now that’s a lot of revenue. I then got to thinking about how inviting it is. Now I don’t know anything about gambling casino’s all I know is what I saw in Las Vegas. I must say it was inviting and the thoughts of walking away with 1000’s in your pocket was; well, only wishful thinking. As I was thinking about that trip I also thought about these verses.
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Anyone that was of age could have played there in Las Vegas and many were, so the gate was broad. But as I said everybody was not winning so that means many were losing and losing big. Now this broad way has led many to destruction instead of the wealth. The life which you and I are living at this present time is like that. There is a broad way and so many are doing wrong that it may appear that nothing will ever change but there is another verse.
Mattew 7:14 Because strait isthe gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
There is another gate and this gate is narrow and instead of many going in it tells us that there are few that find it. Here we have only two gates or ways, one leads to destruction and one leads to life. We can take our chances and go through the wide gate but we have already been warned that if we do that it will lead to destruction. Now if we go thought the narrow gate it will lead to life. I have decided that the narrow gate is the one I want; no, not want but the one that I went through. As for you, if you have found yourself in the fast lane with many and you are not winning like you thought, then why not change and become part of the few, the ones that have real life. Not just a hope and a dream and a few dollars in the bank to live out the rest of your days in ease but more than a dream, eternal life. For you can know that you have eternal life for sure!
1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.