Deeper life Higher Everyday Daily Devotional Guide
SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2022
EFFORT IS NEEDED FOR ENTRY
TEXT: LUKE 13:22-28
MEMORY VERSE: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (LUKE 13:24).
To strive is to fight or contend with an opponent. And that is what the Christian life entails. A true Christian is a soldier, and he must fight his way through the narrow gate until he reaches the celestial city. The fight is with his three principal enemies, which are the flesh, the world and the devil. These are his never-dying foes. Unless he gets his victory over them, he may not make it into the kingdom of heaven.
The fight is necessary because there is always a danger to fall back to sin even after conversion. The Christian carries within him a nature prone to evil, and a heart weak and unstable as water. “If he had a nature like an angel, and were not a fallen creature, the warfare would not be essential. But with a corrupt heart, a busy devil, and an ensnaring world, he must either fight or be lost,” wrote J. C. Ryle.
No saint will be carried to heaven on a flowery bed of ease. All must fight to win the prize.
QUOTE: Fight to win the prize.
CHALLENGE: Heaven is worth striving for.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to hold on till the end.