Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. — Matthew 7:13
Most of the websites I look at say that one out of every three people consider themselves Christians. On October 17 of 2011 it was estimated that the seven billionth person was born. By this estimate, there are approximately 2.3 billion people that if they died right now, would go to Heaven. Of course, that means 4.7 billion people would go to hell. I guess this makes sense to me, since this verse in the Salem Standard Version says “most people are on their way to Hell.” So, just how wide is that gate?
To the best of my researched knowledge, 100 people are born into this world every minute. In that same minute, 60 people die. Now, I don’t feel right using the 1 in 3 are saved statistic. The Bible flat out says just a few verses later in verse 21 that not everybody who says “I’m a Christian” actually IS a Christian. So, when the Bible says “few there be that find it,” that is, the narrow road that leads to life, I’m going to take it as currently meaning that 1 out of every 10 people are truly saved, born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. You’ll have to decide for yourself if I’m being too generous or too judgmental.
So, if 1 in 10 are saved, here’s what’s going on: 60 seconds from now, 6 people will enter into Heaven’s Gates! In that same minute, the other 54 people will begin their eternity in Hell. One hour from now, 360 people will experience the wonders and joys of Heaven! Unfortunately, 3,240 people will enter into the eternal flames of Hell. By this time tomorrow, 8,640 people will wrap their arms around the one who gave His life so they could be SAVED! 77,760 people will have entered through the wide gate that leads to eternal destruction! That’s enough people to fill most professional football stadiums every single day!!! One year from now, just over 3 million people will be with Jesus just over in the Glory Land. Over 28 million will be wishing they had just one more chance in this life. One more chance to simply ask for Jesus Christ to forgive them of their sins…but that chance will never ever come.
What’s the point of all this? There’s a lot of people out there that simply need to be told. The Bible says a couple of chapters later in Matt 9:37 that “the harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” To me, this means there are a whole bunch (and I mean a whole bunch) of people that simply need to be told YOUR story! They simply need to know that God gave His Son so they don’t have to die and spend eternity separated from Him. They need you to tell them how lost YOU WERE, but found love, mercy, grace and forgiveness in the arms of a risen Savior! They need you to tell them how your life has never been the same since He came into your heart!
The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Are you laboring? If not, that gate to Hell isn’t getting any more narrow. You know somebody that will walk through it if they die right now. By all means…don’t let that happen! Tell ‘em!