The Narrow Door

Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us. “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.
Luke 13: 24 – 25

One great thing about God’s Word is that it’s honest and direct. While it may be difficult to understand, the more we read and learn God’s Word – the more clarity and understanding we begin to receive. The Bible is described as a book that’s living and active; a timeless and truthful document beckoning us to engage. As we read, truth is revealed and a relationship with the author ensues.

In Luke 13:24, we find an example of straightforward instructions regarding the Kingdom of Heaven. “Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Because many will try to enter and not make it.” Moving down to verses 28-30 we see what happens to the ones that don’t make it –  “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus warns us that not everyone who tries to enter the Kingdom will be able to do so. The owner of the house in this passage represents God, who has set a time limit for us to enter through the narrow door. Once that time is up, it will be too late. The narrow door signifies that Jesus is the only way to receive eternal life and belief in Him is the only key that opens the door.

In verse 28, an interaction ensues between ‘those who don’t make it’ and several Biblical characters (Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God.) Imagine standing outside the walls of Heaven and through a door, you could see the golden streets, the radiance of Jesus, and a glimpse of the glory of God. You can hear a symphony of angels playing the greatest music your ears have ever heard. It was a celebration unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

You catch a glimpse of Abraham walking by and you hear the laughter of Sarah. There goes Noah, recounting to the other saints about how he weathered the 120 years of persecution while building the ark. Off in a distance, you could see Jesus; radiant, wonderful. He is surrounded by an ocean of people asking to touch his scarred hands.

You know exactly where you are. Your stomach drops because you suddenly realize that all of what you sought on earth was wrong. Wealth, success, fame, women, and personal happiness.

All the warnings to seek God are now being realized; your stiff neck has now come home to roost. About the time you realize what’s going on someone grabs you and throws you out. Yes, guys, you weren’t just asked to leave. Verse 28 says, “as far as yourself you are thrown out.” Then they are knocking and pleading to get back in and the owner (The Lord) replies – “I never knew you.”  In fact, He says “I don’t know where you came from (v.25)”. Sounds horrible! This is not an easy word! Blunt would be an understatement. Why does God’s Word sometimes seem aggressive? Because he doesn’t want any of His children to be lax or passive. Remember He created all of us for a relationship. This passage is a gracious warning to prioritize our abiding in Him and receive His free gift of salvation.

Good news, which we all need after reading this – God tells us clearly what we need to do. Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Simply, if we don’t want to be outside of Heaven’s gates then enter the narrow door. Jesus is that door and He did the work for us.

Steve Thomas
Red Truck Men