Luke 13...Strive to enter
"And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate..." Luke 13:24
Strive to enter! It’s the last round of a heavy set in weight lifting. Pushing up that iron bar, your body begins to shake and noises proceed out of your mouth as you give it everything you’ve got to finish strong. Right beside you, a spotter stands close to assist you in case there is no way for you to do it on your own. In the same way, this visual is an illustration of how Paul says for us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
We have got to give faith everything we’ve got! The stream of tendency in the flesh is against us that if we yield for one moment, we will find ourselves drifting down river. Instead, we must constantly swim against the current, trusting that the Holy Spirit will empower us to press on.