Luke 13:24, 14:11 NIV 2011
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke set the stage for the narrow door believers must use when seeking Christ. Matthew used a narrow gate with specific reasons why. Matthew 7:13, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” They both used similar descriptions of humility verses of exaltation. Being humble is a hallmark of those that follow the Lord. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Following Chirst comes via a narrow opening trod by humble servants.
I love James 4:10, “Humble yoursleves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” Our guest pastor preached on Ephesians 5:18-21 yesterday. He challenged us to “humbly submit to Christ.” I added daily to my notes. Out of love I must put others first, something I’ve been praying about. This morning Christ gave me the way to walk through that narrow opening in humility.
How will we humbly put others first?
Serving the Lord humbly together,