Luke 13:22 – 14:6

Luke 13: 24  “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”

     This is one of these verses that can get people upset.  The culture we live in doesn’t like narrow doors.  We like our doors wide, accessible and inviting with lots of ‘glitz’.  We like doors that are easy to get through both for entering AND EXITING.  A wide and easy door that lets lots of people through is a popular door.  Its a door for easy  and casual company.  Its a door that makes backing out as easy as slipping in.  We don’t like the thought of not being able to go through any door.

     The narrow door, the one that Jesus is talking about, is a door that only lets one person through at a time.  It is a door that requires effort to go through.  The kind of effort that makes less of you not more.  It is a door that you can’t be too swelled up with pride or ego to squeese through.   It is a door that you can’t bring a lot of stuff through.  You have to let go and drop what you’re carrying to open it.   It is a door that you have to bend your head a bit to fit through – there goes the stiff necked pride.

     You start by looking for the door and knocking on it;”… seek, and you will findknock, and it will be opened to you.”  (Luke 11:9)  Don’t try to carry a grudge through it;  “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:26)   Leave your pride at the door; “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;  He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Psalm 149:4)

     When you’re through the door – you’ll realize that He carried you through; “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,.. ” (Zec. 4:6)    The self-satisfied, the self-absorbed, the self-centered, the self righteous never have that realization.  What do you think?