Day 183 – Into the Lifeboat
On: May 2, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ Luke 13:22-27
Jesus’s absence of contradiction to the question “Will only a few be saved?” gives the clear implication that, indeed, it will be the minority who enter by the narrow door. Many will try, when the day of reckoning comes, but will not be able to enter.
How so? Being part of the Kingdom of God, for this is the same thing, is not a matter of membership, like a social club, dropping in as it suits when there’s something worth attending. Quite the opposite, we must allow the Kingdom to indwell us, transforming and directing all we are and do. (See Day 182). And that starts the moment we realise our intrinsic sinfulness, and invite Jesus into our lives. For we need rescuing: it is as simple as that.
The people speaking to Jesus thought they were part of the in-crowd because they had been hanging around Jesus. But Jesus is quite clear: imagining that our presence at church, or “trying to live a good life”, enables us to squeeze through the narrow door won’t cut it. The apostle Paul, who thought he was on the right path before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus was crystal clear on this: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23,24 Remember Noah?
If we take lightly our need of salvation, and carry on with life regardless, outside the lifeboat of God’s love, we will in due course find ourselves stranded. Or, reverting to Jesus’ metaphor, standing on the outside when the door has been closed. Those who have named Jesus as Lord of their life, have passed through that door already.
Father God, thank you that your gracious love is sufficient. Remind me, daily, to give You my all. For nothing more is needed but nothing less will do. Amen.