Read Luke 13
A narrow door is easily missed if one is not diligently looking for it. When we first lived in Florida, we lived in a condo that had a very narrow, well-hidden access road. This was advantageous in that it limited traffic in the neighborhood to primarily those who lived there. The downside of this was that when we invited people over we had to carefully explain how to find the access road, and even with that, some would miss it.
In today’s reading Jesus cautions His followers to look for the narrow door. He is speaking figuratively here of access to the kingdom of God. He also warns that the door will not remain open indefinitely. Once the door is closed, those remaining outside will not be allowed in.
Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, “Lord, open to us,” then he will answer you, “I do not know where you come from.”
This figurative door that Jesus speaks of is Himself. The Apostle John records Jesus telling His followers, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
He also speaks of the narrow gate that leads to life, versus the wide gate that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13)
Following Jesus is not complicated, however, it is also not easy. It is not complicated because we have help from the Holy Spirit that makes the hard parts easy if we allow Him to help. On the other hand following Jesus is pretty much impossible if we try to do it without the help of the Holy Spirit.
The same might be said of the wide gate. It seems easy to take this path, because the way seems smooth and level and many are on the path with us, but it is ultimately the hardest way, because in the end, it leads us to destruction.
Once again the Lord lays a choice before us. He does not force us to choose one or the other, but encourages us to choose the path to life, and warns us of the path of destruction, either way, at the end of the day…we have to choose which way we will go.