Enter the Narrow Door . . .
Luke 13:22-27 NLT
Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied, “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.’
Reflection . . .
Wow! What a warning! Choose the Narrow way!
Jesus says, “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.” The idea here is not that good works will save us, but rather that we are to strive to enter or follow the difficult way which leads to God’s Kingdom.
In Matthew’s gospel we read these words:
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
Many choose the easy way, the way that is broad and offers all kinds of luxuries and pleasures, but the narrow way that we enter God’s Kingdom by is narrow and difficult. Few find the narrow way because they don’t want to really get to know the Lord and the freedom found in leaving behind the things that keep us bound to sin. Many have even gone after the benefits of Jesus’ teachings but refused to let go of the sin that keeps them from really knowing the Lord. And so, the Lord says, “I do not know you!”
Let’s keep our hearts in tune with the Lord, soft and repentant! It’s not easy, but it is the way through the narrow gate, finding true life and participating in God’s Kingdom!