A Very Narrow Door
Luke 13:23 - "Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied, 24 “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. 25 When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26 Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.’
28 “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out. 29 And people will come from all over the world—from east and west, north and south—to take their places in the Kingdom of God. 30 And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.”
I have made this statement many a time and people still look at me as though I made it all up. "There will come a day when God will call all up before the Throne and everyone will see the Kingdom of God but not everyone will enter in. The wicked will see heaven but they will not be allowed to enter. They will see the prophets and the men and women of old but they won't be able to enter. It is a terrible thing to see where you could have been only to realize that your choice erased your opportunity to go in."
No matter where I have taught or preached, I get the same look of doubt. Well here it is in Luke the 13th chapter verse 28. "You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in—and wondering what happened. " (The Message)
Somebody wanted to know if only a few will be saved. Jesus is so compassionate. He didn't hit them with the full Monty; He told them what it would take to be saved. "Work hard! Find that narrow door! Work hard to find it! There is a narrow door to God's Kingdom and just because you wear the name doesn't mean that you will get in. Work to find it!"
They didn't know at the time that He was the door but we do! The answer to the test is already in the Book and the Book is open. Nobody can fool you unless you want to be fooled. No one can trick you or blind you unless you want to be tricked or blinded. Why, because it's an open Book test.
Just because we hang around the house doesn't mean that we will get to enter the door. Just because you stand in the garage, doesn't make you a car. And just because you attend church services doesn't make you a Christian. When the owner of the house locks the door, it's too late!
Banging on the door doesn't mean that you are an invited guest and it certainly won't guarantee that you will get in. The guest list doesn't reflect your name. It's O V - over!
We can protest, argue and try to make our case but if we don't know the Narrow Door, we will be wasting our time. Jesus said, I tell you the truth, I don't know you! I don't know where you come from. Go somewhere! Your daddy is evil with a "d". (Just paraphrasing)
When He speaks of weeping and gnashing of teeth, He's not speaking about the world. He's talking about His chosen, His church. We are holders and carriers of the precious Word of God. Who would be screaming louder than us if we can't get into heaven knowing that we "ate at the table with Him, prayed before Him, delivered folk in His Name, healed in His Name, preached and taught in His Name and then realize that we can't come in?
"You know me Lord, You know me Father, You know me Savior!" And He replies, "Get away from me you worker of iniquity!" Screaming! Hollering! Gnashing of teeth! Oh no? Oh yes!
It's a very Narrow Door and few will find it because they don't want to find it - not because it's hidden. It's hiding in plain sight. The question is: Do you want the Door? Do you want what comes with the Door? What comes with the Door? Jesus says, "I Am the Door, I Am the Truth, and I Am the Life - no one comes to the Father except through Me!" How do you do that? "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved and your house."
Another thing about the Narrow Door, you can't bring anything though the Door other than yourself. Everything else must be stripped away! No mess! No fuss! No stuff! No idols! You don't need to take anything through the Door because everything you need is on the other side of "going through!" (I like that Lord, thank You for that!" Everything you need can be found in Jesus! He's also Living Water but that parable is for another day!
August 31, 2014
This is my Sound this morning: Now is the time of birthing. I dreamed this morning about giving birth to a baby. I had no idea that I was pregnant in the dream but when I went to the hospital to visit someone else, I ended up in the maternity ward giving birth myself.
One of the Elders of my church was there with me. She stayed there in the waiting room until the process was complete. The strange thing was that the birthing was not painful. When I looked at the baby, I noticed how beautiful she was, how quiet she was, and how attentive and alert she was.
This is the time of birthing for the church. The Lord has given us talents, gifts, assignments and ministries. The harvest is absolutely plenteous. It is the time for the church to rise and do the work. His yoke is easy and His burdens are light. Our excuses are too numerous to list but we were not given this "seed" just to watch it grow in us only.
You have carried that baby a long time - not knowing that you were pregnant with the Promises of God. Now is the time to PUSH. Release what the Lord has placed in you. Be fruitful and multiply. The world is waiting on your baby. Walk in the Spirit...Move in the Spirit....Sing in the Spirit...Preach in the Spirit...Teach in the Spirit...Love in the Spirit...Help in the Spirit...Evangelize in the Spirit...
What is your baby's name?
November 3, 2014
Jeremiah 30:1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.
The Word of God that has been released to us by the Spirit of God must be written. Not just for the current generation but for the generations to come. He told several prophets to "Write!" Write it down! Don't just sit on the Word as though it will remain in the memories of people because people tend to forget or change what has been spoken.
But if you "Write" what He has spoken to your spirit, with no additions and no deletions, the confirmation that He has revealed to you and the day that He spoke it to you will be known by the fulfillment of His Word. God alone will get the credit for the revelation. Thank You Father for speaking to us!
"Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it." Habakkuk 2:2