Most don’t care one whit about the gospel or Christ Jesus in His Kingdom.
Some care and only do The Father’s Will a little bit.
Others care and strive to do, but find themselves woefully lacking; falling back and rising up and falling back again.
Very few find legs of strength and stamina to boot.
Fewest of hearts are dedicated 100% the holy Lord of life.
This is the way it is and it evidently can’t be changed. The human heart is deceitful above all things. And many are held captive to it.
But the captivity of the masses does not affect the Lord’s promises. This is the day of calling and of holy work. And the day approaches very quickly when the door will be shut and there will be no more holy work for men to do.
Perhaps today the sky will rip, and the Majestic Holy Lord Jesus will appear with his Holy Angels, to gather His elect from the four corners of the earth. Perhaps before you finish reading, this he will appear.
As quickly as he comes, it will be over. And the vast uproar of sin on earth will begin. Those who were close to entering, but could not, will find themselves in utter destraction. They will know what has happened. And a sadness like they have never felt before will consume them. To their knees they will fall with great tears and begging. But to no avail.
The night will come, the day will come, and then the night again. And so for weeks and months and years, their plight only dissipates by virtue of their weak memory. And the distractions caused by threats of death and injury will consume them.
Gone is the semblance of peace. Chaos, murder, rape, theft, intrigued, slander, war, and violence of every kind will become the rule of this place. Death and sickness beyond measure is about to let loose its terror on men. And those who were nearly there to enter, will know.
Gone is the restraint of righteous men in Christ. Gone is the voice of godly reason. Gone is effective prayer. Gone is the Holy Spirit, which has directed His holy people to do the good works of God.
And those who nearly entered, but did not, will know. But to what value? Will their knowing set them apart from those murderous many? Will it stop their children from being abused? Will it guard over their possessions? What a useless and painful memory this “knowing” will be.
24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’“ (Luke 13)
What the Lord has spoken will come to pass. Will it come to pass on you? Will it come to pass on me? Have we made every effort? It is impossible for God to lie. Where is the measure of godly fear in our hearts?
Today is the day of mercy. Today is the day of grace. When the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, both of these will cease forever.
By His Grace