by PEGGY TAFT
In this passage, Jesus says “Strive to enter through the narrow door.” I’ve always been fascinated with doors.
As a contractor, my father often tasked my mom and me to shop for doors for the houses he built. We always had so many choices; unfinished, antique, glass, wood, metal, wide, narrow, single, double, and sliding. Each door seemed to have its own personality.
As a teacher, for an “icebreaker” I show my students a selection of doors and ask them to choose one that resonates with them and explain why. Some responses have been “It draws me in because of how beautiful it is”, “It is covered in jewels and I am a precious jewel”, “I like simple things”, or “I am lazy, and it would be easy to open”.
Jesus goes on to say, “For many I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able”. Jesus does not say the door will be “easy to open”. He tells us to strive, which requires serious effort or energy to reach a goal. Jesus continues by saying “the master of the house will rise and shut the door.” Imagine running towards a subway train only to have the door close before you board. You have run out of time.
More than missing a subway ride, we do not want to miss the opportunity to have a relationship and eternity with God. We need to strive each day to enter through the narrow door to him.