Enter Through the Narrow Door

Enter Through the Narrow Door

Which door will you choose?

If you’re of a certain age, you may recall a game show host asking the winning contestant “which door will you choose?” at the end of each episode. Hidden behind each door was a mystery prize! It could be a fantastic new car or a disappointing year’s supply of soup. It was a game of chance.

Thankfully, there is no door with hundreds of soup cans behind it when Scripture mentions doors or rooms. (If that’s your idea of heaven, then sorry!) More importantly, our faith life is not a game of chance.

Our “door” is very concise, and decisive. The narrow door. It is the most difficult, at times uncomfortable, and the only way. There is no game of chance.

That narrow door is Christ, and it is only through that narrow door we have the prize of all prizes – the gift of eternal life. All we have to do is believe. Sounds easy, but we, with our earthly flaws, struggle daily with our faith. Our egos/pride/selfish desires get so bloated we can’t make it through the door.

But then, we repent and shed all the dead weight of our wrongs. We find forgiveness in His all-extending grace, washed clean by His blood, and are made new.

There is only one way. One narrow door. “Believe and be baptized” as Mark 16 tells us.

Thanks be to God for the clarity and decisiveness of one narrow door!

Here is today’s sermon text from Luke 13:

22[Jesus] went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25When 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.’ 26Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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