We take oaths seriously in the military. Few warriors would raise their hand and swear and not mean it. Let’s be careful our faith commitment is just as sincere. To enter the kingdom of Heaven, it’s as simple—but, as difficult—as truly inviting Jesus to become your Lord and Savior. Easy words to say, but if they aren’t from the heart, they have no effect. It’s not going to be enough to sit in church, take Communion (eat and drink in His presence), and hear the teachings of Jesus without any change in our hearts. We may pretend to know Him, but He will never pretend to know us!
“And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, “Lord, Lord, open for us,” and He will answer and say to you, “I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.” But He will say, “I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.” There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last'” (Luke 13:24-30, NKJV).
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.