Jesus was close to the end of His earthly life when He preached these words in the Sermon on the Mount. He was reminding His followers to turn their backs on sinful, self-centered ways of living and to start living in complete submission to Him.
Jesus warned, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
This is hard for us to do—in fact, it’s impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus promised that when He returned to His Father, He would send His Holy Spirit to help us in our weaknesses.
Many people refuse to let Christ take control of their lives. It’s not easy for human nature to give up control. We think we know what is best for us, but the human race has proven from the beginning its inability to live righteously.
Too often we are concerned with how much like this world we can become. We act as if it doesn’t matter how we live. But God says we aren’t to live worldly lives, but to live for Christ and bear witness of His truth to the world.
Refusing to seek God’s will and live for Him will lead only to eternal destruction. Don’t be misled by following what the crowd does—that’s the broad way. Since Christ was willing to give His life for you, entrust your life to Him. He is the only One who knows where your life is going. No matter your plans, no matter your own will, His ways are better and His pathway will lead you to the better way. This is the narrow road—but it leads to Heaven.