Mistaken Identity - Hope 103.2

Mistaken Identity

Read Luke 13:23-27 23-25 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?”He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down […]

By David ReayMonday 1 Apr 2019LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Luke 13:23-27

23-25 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?”

He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’

26-27 “You’ll protest, ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with his abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’ (THE MESSAGE)

Many of us know people who once had regular association with the church but have let us know they no longer hold to the Christian faith. Some have studied the Bible at colleges, joined in Christian good works, held leadership positions in the church. But it apparently didn’t lead to personal faith in Jesus.

We need to remind ourselves that we cannot make final assessments of the eternal destiny of others. Their abandonment of the faith may be temporary. Jesus himself, later in this narrative, says that some very unexpected people may be our companions in heaven.

And yet this text reminds us that just ‘hanging around’ Christians and churches doesn’t make you a Christian. Having Christian parents, being baptised, being regular church attenders, knowing the Bible back the front, doesn’t make you a Christian. Just because you were an enthusiastic member of a church youth group doesn’t make you a Christian as an adult.

We need to know God personally through helpless trust in the grace and mercy of Jesus. We need to let that trust shape and reshape our lives. Everything else is secondary. Knowing quite a few Christians, knowing the Bible, knowing the key doctrines, is no substitute for knowing God himself.

Blessings
David Reay

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