the Supreme Choice
The immediate purpose of this passage is to encourage the people by reminding them that all things needful for a holy life are within their reach. Paul refers to it for the same purpose, Rom 10:6 .
The love and grace of God are not concealed as hidden mysteries might be. There is no need to undertake a long and dangerous journey, like that which brought the eastern Magi to the manger-bed of Bethlehem. The Word of God, which is another name for our Lord, is very nigh to us all. We have only to lift the heart to Him in simple faith, and confess Him as our Savior and Lord, and we are assured of salvation from the penalty and power of sin.
Love to God and compliance with His will is the only way of life and peace. Let us choose this narrow path. The gate is strait, but the way becomes always easier. It is narrow, but pleasant.