As a former teacher, there is nothing like a great open ended question to promote discussion. Unfortunately, peer pressure deters many from asking the thought on their mind, afraid of what others may think. When Jesus visited an obscure town during the first century, an un-named person was not denied, eager to discover if it’s possible to escape God’s judgment and wrath.
And someone asked Him, “Lord, will only a few be saved [from the penalties of the last judgment]?” And He said to them, Luke 13:23.
Jesus responds with an interesting comment in the passage below. The two greatest obstacles to human beings is unbelief and the attractive nature of sin. My initial response was Jesus has it backwards, the attraction to temptation should be first. Yet, based upon the order, unbelief is the reason why people give into and indulge sinful desires. Thus, Jesus urged this audience to force aside unbelief.
“Strive to enter through the narrow door [force aside unbelief and the attractions of sin]; for many, I tell you, will try to enter [by their own works] and will not be able,” Luke 13:24.
Based upon the content of 1 John 2:15-17, Jesus taught his disciples the importance of fellowship. When you have fellowship with God, communing in prayer, study and worship, spiritual light in the form of right and wrong will be revealed to you. However, if you participate in fellowship with the world, unbelief will open your eyes to lust and sensual cravings of the flesh. Therefore, unless you force aside unbelief via the Holy Spirit, you will be vulnerable to the attractions of sin. May this blog inspire you to seek the narrow path, Matthew 7:13-14.
by Jay Mankus