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Strive to Enter

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19 January 2023

“And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” (Luke 13:22-24)

This is a powerful statement that deserves a careful study for the purpose of deriving understanding. The word “strait” is defined in the dictionary as a narrow sea channel or a difficult situation. The common denominator to the two definitions is that both are difficult to navigate. The noun strait comes from the Latin word strictus, meaning “to bind or draw tight.” If a situation is so tight it means, there is no option and no freedom to maneuver around.  Another thing to consider is that the word “strait” does not have the same meaning with the word “straight.”  Although the two words are pronounced the same way in the same syllable.  The word “strait” as earlier stated simply means a narrow or difficult pathway of life. On the other hand, the word “straight” has several meanings. In the list of synonymous meaning of the word straight includes uprightness, accuracy, honesty, integrity, not crooked and so on. These figurative meanings of the word ‘straight’ are the Christlike characters needed for a Christian that is striving to enter through a strait gate into eternity.

Perhaps you are wondering why we should strive to enter at the strait gate. The strait gate is the way of the Cross.  The people that enter through the strait gate yielded themselves to be shaped by the word of God in the Christ-like characters according to the acceptable will of God. Entanglements of worldliness is not allowed in the strait gate. That is why the believers strive to conform self to the precepts of the scripture because only they that endure it to the end shall be saved. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)  We strive to live in the revelation of the truth because the scripture says, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) The Book of Romans 12:1-2 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” When we present our body a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God, we are striving to enter the gate of the Kingdom of God by yielding our body to conform to the rules of the Kingdom of God. When we choose not to conform to this world but yield to the transforming of our mind through the word of God, we are striving to enter through the shaping and molding power of the word of God by making our hearts a fertile ground for the word of God. “This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls(Jeremiah 6:16 NLT) The people that walk in righteousness, holiness and in the godly pathways of life are the one that rest in peace in eternity in the Kingdom of God. The way of the Cross leads home and only the people that strive to enter through the strait gate of the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ can locate that narrow way to eternal kingdom of Heaven. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) 

It is a herculean task to strive to obtain mastery because striving includes struggling to keep our heads up without sinking in the sea of worldliness.  It involves a dedication and consecration. It involves total commitment and consistency because Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) That is why we must ensure that futility is not the end product of our spiritual striving. That is why we should understand that eternity in the Kingdom of God is not a game; it is a serious and dedicated business. If we have been handling our relationship with Christ lackadaisically in the past, it is time we get serious if we are really interested in the mansion above. Judas Iscariot looked back, because of thirty pieces of silver which was the price of his betrayer of his Master; he missed the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 27:3-5)  Demas, a co-worker with Apostle Paul looked back because of pleasure of this world he missed the kingdom. “Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life …” (2 Timothy 4:10) It is my prayer that we will not end our Christian life journey like these two characters in the scripture.

Let us look inward today and consider our ways. “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 NLT) Since we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain, the scripture admonish us to be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Prayer: O Lord, empower me to diligently stir the boat of my life in the narrow and strait pathway of your righteousness and holiness.  Let me walk with you by faith and with uprightness of mind in my Christian life journey. Father, grant me the grace to behold the beauty of your glory at the end of my journey on earth, in Jesus name, Amen.


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