How to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven
Reading: Luke 13:22-30
And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto him, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” And he said unto them, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.”
Those who walk with Jesus have heard the depth and commitment of being a disciple of Christ, and therefore the question is inevitable and almost rhetorical: will there be few who are saved?
“Strive to enter at the narrow gate,” the Lord tells them. Many will try to enter and will not succeed.
How can we believe that we enter the Kingdom of God, but be deceived?
If we believe that we “deserve” to be part, that there is merit in ourselves.
If we believe that being part of the Kingdom is complying with certain “good” practices (good and necessary things, but that anyone could do without being a child of God).
If we have heard about Jesus, we know about Him, but we have never received Him as the Savior and Lord of our lives.
The Kingdom belongs to those who know that Jesus is the narrow gate, there is no other, there is nothing else that we can do except trust in Jesus.
The Kingdom belongs to those who recognize their insufficiency and their need for God.
MEDITATE: Entry into the Kingdom of Heaven cannot be forced, only the King can open and accept you. Have you believed in Him?
Translation By: Emily Stader