I grew up within the influence of evangelical pentecostalism as it came to be expressed and practiced in the mid 20th century that shaped my understanding of what the narrow and wide gates represented. In time I found that the way I had understood these words was unsatisfying and often simply discouraging. I grew up and lived with folks, young and old who theoretically had chosen the narrow gate and gave a lot of energy, or at least lip service to trying to woo other from the wide gate and through the narrow gate. But as the years passed, I found that if our understanding of the narrow/wide gates was accurate, we on the supposed "narrow road" weren't doing all that hot traversing it our even staying on it except by mass and self deception/justification gyrations though which we convinced ourselves into believing we indeed were following the narrow road.
Today I watch and listen as many in my tradition of Christianity continue to believe they are following he narrow road when in fact the outcome of their attitudes and actions are the destructiveness that Jesus said characterizes the results of walking down the broad road. (btw, I grew up on a side street of of Broadway! So anytime we went anywhere we had to drive,walk or ride bikes along Broadway! There was no escaping the Broadway where I grew up!)
My walk down what I thought was the narrow road but which turned out to be just another lane on the broad road led me to an Evangelical dead end. That is a long story... but there at that dead end amidst the rubble of destruction I began a journey with the Lord of the Dead End that has at least given me a glimpse of the narrow gate that leads to the narrow road that leads to life.
In the coming days and weeks I intend to share some of my thoughts on the narrow gate and the narrow road and how I have come to understand what walking the narrow path means and why so few find the gate and even fewer walk the road. I hope this expression of my thoughts will perhaps give some encouragement to any who might read them.