“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”
Luke 13:24 ESV
I chose this verse because it made me question how there could be seeking and not finding. Jesus tells us if we seek, we find. It’s a theme through the whole Bible. We see it in the Old Testament as well, the promise that if we seek, we find.
I would be the first to tell you, that if you aren’t really walking and talking with Jesus, if your quiet time is boring and the word isn’t alive to you, that it’s available to you to seek Him until you find Him. You seek Him like you are on an epic quest. You don’t give up. The prize is worth the pursuit.
So, what’s with this verse? When I posed my question, what came to mind was the Matthew version and the thought that they must not be seeking the gate or they would find it. “Enter by the narrow gate….those who find it are few.” They aren’t seeking and finding the gate, the entrance. They are seeking to enter without going through the gate. These people were saying we were around you and listened to you teach. Jesus, of course, says I am the gate and door. We enter through Christ alone, not church attendance. These people had never come to the cross of Christ.