Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Narrow Door: Best Efforts and Timing

Jesus had stressed it enough--"Do your best to enter the narrow door."

Giving it every effort or making every effort to enter the narrow door is something that requires all our lives--plus more. Even if you put all efforts into it--beginning from the time you were pulled out of your mother's womb, until the day you die (say, you live to a hundred), your lifetime will NOT have been enough to be able to enter the narrow door. Salvation is free, wholly and sufficiently paid for by Jesus on the cross, but we still need to enter the narrow door. And this requires "best efforts."

That's why there's the spiritual dimension, the spiritual life. The time we spend in the natural is never enough. So God, in His grace and mercy, extended our chances by providing the spiritual life. Through it we are able to have more time making every effort to enter. But the majority wastes time in their denominational church programs and activities and "church planting." That's the wide road to destruction, and many take it. 

The Big Myth on "Time Management"

Time is irrelevant in the Spirit dimension. You cannot be late or early there. Everything there is in God's perfect timing. When you are late and miss God's will, it's because you operated in the flesh and in the time of the world. Denominational people "plan" programs here to avoid--in their words--"wasting time." That, to them, is being good stewards of time. But they're wrong. If you feel or think that way, it only means you are still operating in a carnal manner. You're not yet in the dimension of the Holy Spirit.

People thought Jesus was "late" when Lazarus was so ill and in his death bed and Jesus had not yet arrived. In fact, he deliberately opted to be "late." It was to demonstrate to all that in the Spirit dimension, there is no such thing as being late or early. There's only God's perfect timing. He arrived at Bethany when Lazarus, his "dear" friend (how can you be "late for your friend who's about to die?), was already in the tomb. We know the story--Jesus was never late, after all. Lazarus resurrected. 

In another instance, Jesus was again "late," being delayed by a woman who had menstrual problems for 12 years. When he arrived at the home of the sick girl, she was dead and being mourned over. Jesus told the parents, "Don't fear. Just believe!" And again, he proved that in the Spirit realms, there's no such thing as being late or early. There's only God's perfect timing. 

If we understand this--that in the Spirit dimension there's only God's perfect timing--we see that giving best efforts to entering the narrow door is not impossible. We can devote our entire lives (and we should, this is not an option), into giving our best efforts at going through the narrow door of Jesus Christ. 

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