What Jesus Did! 'Reminder of Urgency and of Intensity' — Luke 13:22-27

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jesus was teaching in every town and village. He continued to travel toward Jerusalem. Someone said to Jesus, "Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?" Jesus said, "Try hard to enter through the narrow door {that opens the way to heaven}! Many people will try to enter there, but they will not be able to enter. If a man locks the door of his house, then you can stand outside and knock on the door, but he won't open it. You can say, 'Sir, open the door for us!' But the man will answer, 'I don't know you! Where did you come from?' Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.' Then he will say to you, 'I don't know you! Where did you come from? Go away from me! You are all people that do wrong!'"
— Luke 13:22-27
Illustration of Luke 13:22-27 — "Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?"

Key Thought

Many in the world today have a passing fascination with Jesus, but they have no desire for Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. Others see faith as something put off until a more convenient time in their lives—something for after they have "sown their wild oats" or have "lived it up." Jesus is reminding us that only those who have truly confessed AND who live with him as Lord are going to find their future glorious. God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) is not a reason to take lightly the offer of salvation. Those who believe they are saved, but have no desire or passion to live for their Lord and work for his Kingdom, are sadly mistaken (Ephesians 2:10; James 2). This is not salvation by works, but it is a reminder that true disciples don't go on sinning simply because God is gracious (Romans 6:1-3). Jesus gave up everything to redeem us. He asks that we recognize his sacrifice and demands that we live with him as Lord of our lives.

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, I thank you for your grace. I know that Jesus paid the debt for my sin and redeemed me. I know that you raised him from the dead and that you exalted him to the highest place. I trust that Jesus is my Savior and seek to live for him as my Lord. May my life reflect my profound thanks for your grace and display the purpose, passion, and meaning you long to give me as your child. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

I mean that you are saved by grace. And you got that grace by believing. You did not save yourselves. It was a gift from God. No! You are not saved by the things you have done. So no person can boast {that he saved himself}. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would do good things. God had already planned those good things for us. God had planned for us to live our lives doing those good things.

Ephesians 2:8-10

So do you think that we should continue sinning so that God will give us more and more grace (kindness)? No! We died to (quit living) our old sinful lives. So how can we continue living with sin? Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized ? We shared his death in our baptism. So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. We were buried with Christ so that we could {be raised up and} live a new life. This happened the same as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father.

Romans 6:1-4

It is the same with faith. If faith does nothing, then that faith is dead, because it is alone. A person might say, "You have faith, but I do things. Show me your faith! Your faith does nothing. I will show you my faith by the things I do." You believe there is one God. Good! But the demons believe, too! And they shake with fear. You foolish person! Must you be shown that faith that does nothing is worth nothing?

James 2:17-20

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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