Thu - 18.09.14

Wednesday 31st October, 2012
Ephesians 6:1-9. The Lord is faithful in all his words. Ps 144(145):10-14. Luke 13:22-30.

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‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door.’

Responding to a question about who will be saved, Jesus challenges and unsettles his listeners by insisting that their claim to be God’s specially chosen people is of little account if they themselves do not live out a choice for God. A covenant is a two-way process. Jesus tells them that those who reject his teaching will find their ‘reserved’ places at table in God’s kingdom occupied by the Gentiles they presume to despise.

Jesus exhorts us, as he exhorted his contemporaries, to strive to enter eternal life by the narrow door. ‘I am the door’, he said on another occasion. ‘Whoever enters by me, will be saved’ (John 10:9). We must be prepared to walk with Jesus the way of the cross—a path that leaves no room for compromise or complacency.



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