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.”

(Luke 13:24)

Most everyone knows this passage (Luke 13:22-30) in which Jesus uses the metaphor of the narrow door to describe entry into His Kingdom which is not of this world.  Once the owner closes the door, no one else is admitted, no matter how much they thought they were worthy of admittance.

The clear message is that we need to do something to be admitted, and you can see this in verse 30:

“Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

If we live our lives with an attitude of selfishly holding on to our life, our own interests and our own advancement in this world, we might well be first in this life, but where will we fall when we come tor that door?  Will we even be admitted?

Self  is the great enemy of spiritual growth; spiritual growth is the building of our relationship with our Lord.  If we are stuck on self, we will not be able to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, for the two are opposites. When He says that we should “make every effort” that tells us that we have work to do.  Of course that is not to say that salvation comes by works, but rather that we must put effort into our relationships with Christ just as we must put effort into our relationship with our spouses and families.

I wonder, are we willing to be last, so that we might become the first?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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13 Responses to The Narrow Door

  1. pmishler says:

    I couldn’t say it better – “Self” is the enemy of growth and we need spiritual growth to know Jesus Christ and his Father.

  2. Anissa Mathias says:

    Wonderful insight. Thank you for posting.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Something has been bothering me. You said the door was closed suddenly on that poor young friend of Steve’s who fell over the cliff and died recently. What do you mean, it closed? Are you saying it closed in front of him or behind him? Or are you saying that for him it’s closed and there are no more chances “in case” he wasn’t a follower of Christ? From what you said, I assume he was a member of the Mormon Church. Is this why you said the door closed for him? Surely you cannot think that only those who believe just what you or I believe will make it into heaven. People are of different religions mostly because their parents and grand-parents were that religion. God understands that none of us “have it right. That must count for something. So….. what did you mean when you said the door closed for him?

    • Don Merritt says:

      Hi Anonymous!

      I’ll give you the short answer here, as nobody else will have any clue what we’re talking about. The short answer is really quite simple, you see after a person dies there aren’t any more chances to come to Christ in faith, for when we see Him face to face there isn’t any faith involved; we will know who and what He is. As for the particular young man the door may have closed in front of him or it may have closed behind him, that’s for the Lord to say not for us, but in either case it closed. What’s important for us to know is that the time is short so we mustn’t delay making a decision to follow Jesus Christ.

      Thanks for asking, and if you’d like to talk about this some more, please don’t hesitate to give me a call!


      • Anonymous says:

        ” As for the particular young man the door may have closed in front of him or it may have closed behind him, that’s for the Lord to say not for us, but in either case it closed.” That’s what I wanted you to say. I was afraid that you were going to tell me that the door was slammed in front of him because he was a Mormon. Our Lord will judge ALL of us. Correct, it is “for the Lord to say.” Thank God we are not the judge. Imagine knowing that someone you love will spend eternity in hell….. A thought provoking service yesterday. It’s overwhelming when you think about all the work that (should be) needs to be done. It’s like trying to empty the ocean with a tea cup.

        • Don Merritt says:

          There is nothing more exciting than when we can see so clearly God working within the church. Yes, there is much to do and a long way to go, but the burden is light for it is a burden that is borne by many hands. Oh what an awesome time!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The growth of our church is excitng and moving. The holy spirit was there yesterday and it will continue to be there as we focus on Christ. Focus on the prize, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

    • Anonymous says:

      List to the music! Holy Spirit was there – we heard the spirit rise in our voices. God, I give you my Heart.

  5. brother, our small fellowship in the phoenix area had a speaking on the same subject, the ‘narrowness of God’. thankfully, this doesn’t mean He purposely excludes from opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life in Christ or we would all be in a rough spot.

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