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WHEN IT IS LATE

 

Reference Text

Luke 13:23-24 (NLT)

Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied, “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail

Reference Hymn

CCC Hymn 276 stanza 3

Shortly, the Father would know not his child
Nor the child would his father
Renounce the world now
Run to Christ
It’s pleasant in His holy place
Great tumult destruction cometh
Come now to repentance

Yesterday, we drew our attention to the existence of an eternity which can either be glorious or inglorious. We established that one of the ways to end well is to constantly be on guard as no man knows the time or the hour that the Son of man will appear in glory. In furtherance to that study, today’s reading is drawing our attention to the fact that there will be a time when it will late to do what is necessary. The parable of the 10 virgins readily comes to mind here as 5 were late, and 5 were timely aside from being wise and foolish respectively. Amen. Today’s text submits clearly that there is a narrow door which people may want to enter but will be unable. We must not forget also the existence of a wide door which is a route for all. It is the familiar route and the easy route. May you not take this route in Jesus’ Name. Amen. The narrow gate which leads to life will however be unable to take some people because of the following reasons:

(i) It does not allow overload which most so-called believers are still indulged in: We have already been warned on this that we must let go every weight that easily besets us. This may be lust, pride, idolatry, impatience, and disobedience among others.

(ii) It does not look unfriendly because it looks tight and very inconvenient. It a door that its passengers are not meant for those who go with the crowd. This is however contrary with what the present generation clamors for. People want to be in sync with what everyone is doing.

Beloved, will you not decide to be separate and resolute to go through the narrow door? Will you not be willing to pay the price of discipleship before the time runs out? May God help you to hearken to this call this morning in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Discussion:

What important lessons can be drawn from today’s study?

Further readings:

Hebrews 12:1; 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 John 2:14-17

Prayer point:

Oh Lord, now I know that there is narrow door which may be uneasy or tight, grant me the grace Oh Lord to walk through it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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