Joshua 4-6; Luke 13

Luke 13:23-29 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.  After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’  And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’  Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where [you] are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers!’  And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.

A warning from Jesus that being saved entails some serious work, that it is not a slam dunk.  But there is also a statement of great hope that “people will come from east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.”  I tremble for the “once saved always saved” Christians.  Nowhere in the words of our Lord do I perceive this idea promulgated.  Holiness is the work of a lifetime.  Yet through our work alone we can never merit Heaven.  Every day is a new opportunity to repent, to strive to be closer to God, and to be Christ to our fellow men.  By prayer and our love we are known by the King.

GOD’S ANSWER: If you truly love Me, the works will take care of themselves.  I will put the opportunities before you, fear not.

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