Theme: STRIVE TO BE SAVED
Text: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” – Luke 13:24.
Comment: Jesus Christ made the statement in the text for today in response to the question, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” (Luke 13:23). According to the Bible, the way of holiness is meant for those who are willing and able to abide by the standards laid down by God through His prophets. In contrast, those who do otherwise will not be able to pass over it. (Isaiah 35:8; Matthew 13:40-43). These standards by way of ordinances, judgments or instructions, make the way of salvation “strait”, a term which means that which is restricted, narrow, strict, difficult, etc, – meaning that it is not popular. – Psalm 89:14; Isaiah 26:9; John 3:19, 20.
Jesus Christ warned that we should “work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom” (Luke 13:24. New Living Translation). Though salvation is God’s free gift yet, some level of work, commitment and righteousness are required to merit such favour from God. (Ephesians 2:8,9) Thankfully, God has promised to endow us with the strength to make i unto the end, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” – Isaiah 40:29-31; Isaiah 26:2-4.
Let us therefore, endure and serve God faithfully till the end so as to be blessed with everlasting life in His Kingdom when fully established by His grace. – Matthew 24:12,13.