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Exactly How Narrow Is . . . Narrow?

Posted: Sunday, April 10

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24
Luke 13:22-14:6
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 12:26 

 

Verse of the day:

Strive to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. (Luke 13:24)


Let’s begin with consensus. Christ followers believe that some people are going to heaven and that some people are going to hell. On multiple occasions Jesus differentiates these two groups of people. In Matthew 25, one group is told, “Come…inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.” The other group is told, “Away with you…into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.”

 

 

In Luke 13, Jesus warns: “Strive to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.” People will try and NOT make it? Here’s where we lose consensus . . . exactly how narrow is narrow? 

 

 

Romans 10:9 teaches us, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Sadly, we also know from Matthew 7 that “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

 

 

So . . exactly HOW narrow is narrow? Jesus doesn’t give us a number. He doesn't give us a percentage. He does give us an answer, and I believe his answer is in the first word of his response. Strive. He’s asked, “Will those who are saved be few?” He responds, “Strive.” Strive to enter the narrow door. Turn your heart to God. Actively pursue his path. Don’t become stale with labels and cultural Christianity. Strive.