Day 184 – One Way
On: May 3, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” Luke 13: 28-30
We live in an age of celebrity. Some have achieved this status by achieving great things with their talent. Some are there simply courtesy of the media. The mere fact of their celebrity suggests they have either pushed their way, or been pushed to the front. In my daytime job in the world of fashion, these will be the ones sitting on the front row, surrounded by the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi. (Very often, I have no idea who all the fuss is about!) And the “cult” of the selfie – taking a picture of yourself, usually with your own mobile phone – suggests everyone aspires to a bit of celebrity for themselves.
I may have a personal aversion to this behaviour, such a focus on self, but is there a real problem here? Is it not all just a bit of fun to lighten the day? Pondering what Jesus is saying here, I would say “it depends”! The clear implication of Jesus’ words is that those who are expecting, on the basis of who they are, to be waved though into the banqueting halls of Heaven, are going to be disappointed. For we see that the first will be last and the last, first.
Actually, Jesus says that “there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” Not all well known people are self centred and alien to God’s saving grace. Conversely, self effacement is no passport to eternity. In fact, permanently doing ourselves down, something I have a tendency to do, in reality belittles the person God has made me to be. A number of people have pointed this out to me! This points to the fact that how we appear outwardly is not the key thing about us. It is the inner life, our unseen self, that determines how we are perceived and rated in the world that really matters.
Where is all this leading? Unsurprisingly, it brings us back to where we left off yesterday: the door through which we must enter the Kingdom is narrow. Worldly status counts for nothing. That is a large gate that many would like to go through. However, by Jesus’ own reckoning, the only basis on which we can know Him as Friend is by accepting Him as Saviour and Lord. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. John 10:9 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6. One way, and one way only.
Father God, I place my hope in You and You alone. Amen.