born, born again, knowing God, Luke 13:24-30, striving, the door
“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ ” Luke 13:24-25
The last words you ever want to hear God the Father say to you is, “I don’t know where you are from.” The scenario Jesus paints is chilling. Actually, the Father knows where each person is “from“. Right? He knows everything. Then how come God doesn’t know where certain people are from in this story?
Jesus told this parable to make an impact upon those listening. He seeks to draw people’s attention to the issues confronting them. Lets state some of the obvious points.
- Knowing about God is not really knowing Him personally, in an intimate way.
- Knowing the location of the door is not the same as “striving” to enter it.
- Even though we are all born of this world, Jesus affirms in another passage we must be “born again.”
- In the end, many will regret not entering the door the Father provided.
God the Father is not going to deny Himself. This is why all those who are “born again” are welcomed. So the question remains, “Have you entered the narrow door and been born again?” Where we are from (born) does determine where we ultimately go in the afterlife. Do you know where you are from and where you are going?