Strive to enter through the narrow door.

He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’

I wonder what the person meant when they asked about "those who are saved"? Did they understand salvation the way that Christians do today or was the salvation they asked about referring to something more temporal than eternal? Whatever the case it is obvious that Jesus had eternity in mind when he answered. I wonder what they thought the narrow door was. The imagery of one knocking on that narrow heavenly door is a troubling picture.

It is sad to think about what Jesus says.. how many who dined with him and heard his teaching are shut out from heaven. The application for those back then was obvious. For us today it is a bit more subtle yet ever so compelling to consider the fate of those who say no to the wooing of the Holy Spirit. Sadly some today, who hear Christ's message and partake at his communion table, will experience a similar fate. These do not know God and are not known by Him.

Help us Lord to know you. Cause our hearts to bow down in worship.

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