Jesus went through towns and villages teaching, and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?”
And Jesus answered, “Do your best to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has gone inside and locked the door, you will stand outside. Then you will knock at the door, calling, ‘Lord, open to us!’ But he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’
Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from. Away from me, all you workers of evil.’
You will weep and grind your teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves left outside. Others will sit at table in the kingdom of God, people coming from east and west, from north and south. Some who are among the last, will be first; and some who are among the first, will be last!”
There is a time in our life when we preoccupy ourselves with eternity. This is true especially for those who feel their mortality slowly creeping in. They will therefore try to prepare provisions for their journey in the afterlife. This kind of preparation is consciously willed. Also, it is vulnerable to the surprise of sudden death where preparations made might not be enough to merit heaven. Thus Jesus’ injunction to enter the narrow road is a better alternative. It’s “very narrowness” will force us to think what are the truly essentials worth keeping so we may fit in its narrow frame and pass through. We need not prepare for heaven. The very choice we make of entering through the narrow gate will make us worthy of it.
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