“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!’ 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.” (Reference: Luke 13:23-28 )
It is a “two-for” day, beloved. I am writing two posting in one day so I can remain caught up on the schedule I have set. So yes, I am in the same frame of mind. But I take comfort, solace, and encouragement from two things. First, the Easy-to-Read Version renders verse 27 as follows, “Then he will say to you, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from? Get away from me! You are all people who do wrong!” There is then the possibility for the people who “do right.” Second, Jesus says in verses 29 & 30, “Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” So not everyone is ruled out, only those who have not tried to make the “effort to enter through the narrow door”. In addition, there is the subtle admonition to follow and emulate “ Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God.”
Who do you look like beloved? Do you look like the masses who tried to fool their way in? Or do you look like a child of God, who is well known by the Owner of God’s House? May you beloved live so that God and our Lord Christ will know you when the time comes. Selah!