What about you? Perhaps you have heard the teachings of Jesus and even attended church regularly. It does not mean that you have entered God’s Kingdom. There are many churchgoers and religious followers who will experience devastating shock when the see the Kingdom of God come and they are on the outside with no way in.
Being a good person and having church membership will not save you. Jesus tells us that it is much easier to follow the crowd on the big highway. Everyone is heading to destruction by the carload. Only a few people realize that entry to God’s Kingdom requires single file entrance through a skinny door.
Jesus tells Israel that he is the narrow gate.
The only way to be known and welcomed into God’s Kingdom is by entry through the sheep gate Jesus Christ.
Some are too pride to be identified as sheep. They do not choose to follow the Shepherd who can feed and protect them. They prefer to be rich camels and look for another way in.
Jesus’ message is still the most politically incorrect and offensive message to those who want another way into God’s Kingdom. You cannot follow Jesus and expect to have most people understand that you have chosen to struggle over taking their easy road.
Do we trust our own ideas about God’s Kingdom or do we listen to the words of Jesus who invites us to follow Him?
Can it really be that much of our religion and opinion is actually the path to destruction? Don’t take an opinion poll, because most people are convinced of their ideas about God.
Instead, heed the gatekeeper. He points us to Himself. I am the way into God’s House. Follow me.
Jesus narrows our choices to only two: religion and Christianity. Religion, in brief, can be defined as man’s efforts to reach God, while Christianity is God reaching down to man. Religion rests upon man’s work for God; Christianity on God’s work on behalf of men.[i]