Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gathering in Christ

Luke 13:24
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and not be able.”

Everyone has to begin with this struggle for self, and striving to enter in at the narrow gate is a picture of the struggle. Anything that does not enter in at the narrow gate (for example: selfishness, self-interest, self-indulgence) ends in destruction.. Self-indulgence is a refusal to struggle, a refusal to make ourselves fit. We must be right ourselves before we can help others to be right. [Ed: this does not mean we are unrighteous if others are prodigal…]

If you make a moral struggle and gain a moral victory, you will be a benefit to all you come across, whereas if you do not struggle, you act as a moral pollution…. if you refuse to struggle, everyone else is weakened…if you don’t overcome the tendency to spiritual sluggishness and self-indulgence, you are a hindrance to all around you… You never get through alone. “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.”  If you struggle to get through, others are stronger and better for knowing you.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible
From The Place of Help

This photograph is from a Facebook page called Live Life in Color.

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