The Narrow Door
by Ali Stupar
Scripture: Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. 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.’ Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from.’
Observation: The older I get, the more I realize just how narrow the door is to the kingdom of God. The ways of the world so often cloud my thoughts or weigh me down, making it hard to concentrate on the presence of God and his hand on me throughout the day. Even more, the older I become, the more I notice those around me who are going through life without intimately knowing the God who loves them. As Christians, we so often treat our relationship with God as something to check off a list. We go to church, speak kindly to others, maintain morally good lives, yet how aware are we truly of the presence of the Lord. Do we intimately know God? Yes, we may have been close to his presence, but are we inviting him to be an adamant part of our lives? In addition, are we showing others around us how deeply we desire to know God, how integral he is in our lives, and how desperate we are to enter the narrow door into his kingdom?
Application: Let us take some time today and connect quietly with God. Let us set our phones or work aside and listen to what he might be speaking to us. Maybe today we could even try to enter into a dialogue with God? Let us tell him about our day, speak to him of our joys and triumphs, or fears and failures. Let us intimately seek him as a part of our lives. For ultimately, we want to know him. We want him to know us; to be a part of us. Only then can we enter through that narrow door, and only then can we help others see and access the door as well.
Prayer: Father, we thank you so much for your sacrifice that allowed us to enter through the door and into your kingdom. We thank you that you long to know us- that you- who created the universe- still desire to know and have a relationship with us. Please help us connect with you daily. Remind us of your presence and help us remain straight on this narrow path. We love you, and we long to know you deeper.