CROWDS OF CASUAL OBSERVERS
"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!'"
Many are avoiding the Narrow Gate. Many want to hang around Jesus like pals at a party, eating and drinking, coming for the fun stuff, the big event, and counting themselves part of the crowd of Jesus' followers.
Jesus dispels any thoughts of the effectiveness of this ruse. In Luke chapter 13 He tells us in harrowing detail what will happen to those who make this error--this completely arrogant assumption that they are Jesus' true friends--just because they come around at party time.
Jesus told this crowd of casual observers, as He tells us now, that the only Way into the Kingdom of God is through Him. Not by being on the A-list at the local Christian celebrity event, but by walking with Him on the Narrow Road, the road of sacrifice and peril, the road of risk and loss, the path that leads through Gethsemane and Golgotha, the Way of the cross and the empty tomb.
Are you asking Him today for this life? Are you willing to change what you're doing to achieve a different result? Are you and I willing to forsake the crowd of casual observers, the safe play-callers and color commentators, the theater-box of the critic and the armchair of the spectator, for the blood, sweat and tears of a contestant? Like Paul said, are we willing to enter the real race to win the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus?
Are you a participant or a spectator? Don't find out on the day when Christ is revealed. Then it will be too late, and Christ will turn to you and speak those terrible words He spoke to the religious partiers in Luke 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.
But small is the gate
and narrow the road
that leads to life,
and only a few find it."