Today’s Reading | Luke 13
How does Jesus describe the way of salvation in verse 24? Why do you think He called it a narrow door? Does He do so because few people will use it, or because it is harder to get through a narrow door than a wide door? Jesus clearly teaches in this chapter and in other places throughout the Gospels that it is not easy to get into heaven. In this passage, Jesus explains that not only is it difficult, but that the day is coming when you will no longer be able to go through the door because it will be shut. What makes salvation hard for most people to accept is that it can’t be their way, only God’s way. The door is too narrow for their pride to fit through. It’s too narrow for their worldly possessions. Sincerity and effort are not ssufficient and will cause God’s rejection of them on the doorstep of heaven. It is His way or no way. Our human effort is one of Satan’s lies which fools many people into eternal separation from the One who loves them the most. Are you certain you’ve chosen the narrow gate? Your good works, family background or Bible knowledge won’t get you to heaven. Remember the way to heaven is “narrow.”
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?