Weekly Devotionals – 21st September 2020

Have you ever wondered what Matthew 22:14 means? It is an astounding truth spoken by Jesus Christ. I used to think this meant that many Christians are called into ministry, but only a few are actually chosen to be ministers.
However, that would be a wrong interpretation of the verse. Jesus was saying that through the spread of the gospel, many people will hear about the forgiveness of sin provided through Christ, but only a few will truly receive it.

This was startling to me when I first understood it. I grew up in church and I always assumed that anyone who goes to church is a believer. In the process of growing up, I saw worldliness and sinful behaviours in the Christian community that were very much like the world. Worse, I saw that similar pattern in my own life.
The next passage, Luke 13:23-24, is exceedingly sobering.

And someone said to him, “Lord will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

The questioner was curious as to how many people will truly be saved. Jesus answered that though many would seek to enter the gate of salvation, many fail to do so. This is an alarming news! If what Christ says is true, then much of the global Christian community should be concerned.

We have to relook at our own lives in light of biblical truth. If we claim that we are Christians, there need to be evidences that God is truly the Lord of our lives. The last thing we want is to be self-deceived. Jesus tells us to “strive to enter through the narrow door.” This is not a suggestion, but a command. The Christian road is likened to a narrow door.

Broad is the way that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life. Here are some needful things for us to know and do.

1. We have to believe that Christ died for our sins.
2. We must repent of our sins and place our faith in Christ.
3. We have to produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

If these 3 things are evident in our lives, we have little to fear. We will be counted as the “few” that have found life in Christ.

At Judgement Day, it will a glorious and terrifying event. The righteous will receive words of commendation and be inducted into Heaven. The unrighteous, however, will receive words of condemnation and be thrown into Hell. Truly, while there is time, let us turn to Jesus and cling on to His words and follow Him. Amen and Amen!