Our purpose today is not to explain the above passage but to show instead the course of the Christian life. For these two verses touch upon two great principles: (1) entering the gate, and (2) walking in the way. To emphasize either one of them to the exclusion of the other will result in an extreme. God puts before the Christian a gate and a way or a way and a gate in order to keep him in balance. What is the meaning of entering the gate? To enter the gate is to pass through a crisis. Just as a gateway has a gate which stands against your progress, so passing through that gate means getting through to something which you have never experienced before. No matter how thick is the gate, it does not take five minutes to pass through it.