We know we’re called to be more like Christ. How does that spiritual transformation actually happen?
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:24)
The Christian faith isn’t a casual undertaking. It’s not something we do on a once-a-week basis or in our spare time. It demands our every effort. Jesus tells his listeners that they will try to enter eternal life but will be turned away.
“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with You, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from Me, all you evildoers!’” (Luke 13:26-27)
As Jews – God’s chosen people – they assumed that their heritage assured them a place in God’s kingdom. Jesus’ words must have startled them. What about us?
Jesus’ instructions to us include:
· Believe in the One He sent (John 6:29)
· Store up treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20 & Luke 12:33)
· Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)
· Love each other to show the world you follow Me (John 13:35)
· Feed the hungry, welcome strangers, clothe those in need, care for the sick and visit those in prison (Matthew 25:35-40)
God calls us to the work of believing and seeking and loving and serving. He urges us to make every effort.
Holy and merciful God, thank you for giving me the incredible gift of salvation. I want to make every effort to live for You because of what You have done for me. Amen.
Questions: Have you ever had a time when you found yourself drifting in your faith? What did you do to get back to your first love?