“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
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?