Have you ever told a lie? I know; what a ridiculous question because you have. Have you noticed what happens the more you tell it? You begin to believe it too. Many times our own lies begin to convince us and our perception of reality is changed because what we say happened, actually never did. Yet, its how we’ve begun to remember it and somehow the lie we tell becomes the truth we believe in. Unfortunately, there’s no truth to be found at all.
Luke 13:24-30 is one of those passages which disturbs me the most because it reveals how the truth we believe can actually be based on a self-manufactured lie. If you have this concern too after reading this passage, let me give you one clear directive which will guarantee you won’t live in a false reality where your relationship with the LORD is concerned.
One phrase Jesus says which stands out to me in vs. 24 is to “Make every effort….”…. What a game-changer. I think many of us would have to admit there have been too many times where we did not make every effort and we expected an impossible outcome. It was impossible because we gave an effort which can be stated as “good enough.” The “good enough” mentality somehow lulls me into expecting more while giving less effort. For instance, we may settle for a marriage which is not ideal because it is “good enough” and so we never work to make it stronger. Our lack of effort is realized when it crumbles under the weight of the pressure of life because in reality, it wasn’t “good enough.”
We will sacrifice eternity if we think we can live some sort of “good enough” in relation to the LORD. First, the problem with this thinking is no one is “good enough,” so how could you even think such a ridiculous thought. Actually, it is easy when the lie becomes the truth. See, I look at myself and think what is good about me outweighs what is wrong with me, so I’m now “good enough.”
When you dedicate yourself to “make every effort” there is little room to miss the mark. Jesus knew the most important goal for any of our lives was to find salvation in Him through our repentance of sins within His forgiveness for those sins. Nothing less will move us to the other side of the threshold except for His grace.
The reality is this….if your life were to end now and you were on the wrong side of that threshold, you would be desperate to get through this door called salvation, but it will be too late. The decision has to be made in this life. Rather than be desperate later, make every effort now to ensure you are saved.
Don’t shut out God’s voice to your life, and His direction. Find joy in His Word of life rather than in things or even people which only last or stay for a time. Trust in Him, so you will not allow the worries of life or the temptation to gain great riches draw you from His presence. In other words, keep your priorities straight by making sure He is your first priority…your first love….the One you serve first…….your All in All!
There’s no sense in gaining the world and losing your soul. If you will make every effort, you will undoubtedly enjoy a fullness in your life which only comes from Him and cannot be duplicated by anything or anyone else.