Bible Society of South Africa

Decisions and actions – 23 March 2022

By Xanthe Hancox

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The Narrow Door

22Jesus went through towns and villages, teaching the people and making his way towards Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, “Sir, will just a few people be saved?”

Jesus answered them, 24“Do your best to go in through the narrow door; because many people will surely try to go in but will not be able. 25The master of the house will get up and close the door; then when you stand outside and begin to knock on the door and say, ‘Open the door for us, sir!’ he will answer you, ‘I don't know where you come from!’

Luke 13:22-25GNBOpen in Bible reader

Decisions can change our lives. Yet so often we are indecisive people who cannot get started in a new direction. We get into a pattern of living and just stay there for years. We would like to be closer to God and make a difference in the world, but it is just so comfortable and secure right where we are.

Jesus addresses just such a situation in today’s parable. Like a prophet, he used harsh language to get people’s attention. To motivate us, Jesus constructed parables about being ready for his coming (see Luke 12:35-48) and about closed doors that would keep people out of the great feast of the kingdom.

If you knew someone was going to break into your house tonight, for example, what would you do? You would make sure to be prepared.

Similarly, if you knew Jesus was going to return soon, you would stay attentive and prepared. And he does say he is coming soon, so we must be ready (Revelation 22:12,20).

Jesus strikingly describes those who sit on the fence and never make a decision until it is too late. But it is never enough to know Christ from a distance. He wants to live in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. So let’s allow the parables of Jesus to stir us and fire us up to new ways of thinking and action for the sake of God’s kingdom.

Prayer: Lord, agitate us if you must; disturb us if we need it; do whatever it takes to move us toward faithful service to you. Amen

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