Read the Bible with me: Luke 13-15
The surprising Kingdom of God
What is the Kingdom of God? Is it a political movement? Is it an impressive movement of impressive people for the world to take note of?
According to today's reading it is none of those things. It is a small thing (Luke 13:18-20) with a small door that many will walk right past (Luke 13:23-28), and yet people from every corner of the earth will enter in through that narrow entry way. One enters in through repentance (Luke 13:1-5) - a turning away from sin and a turning to God. Many religious and morally good people will not see a need for repentance and so when they see the door marked repentance, they continue on the road of self-improvement and self-justification.
But some will be met in their lowly condition and with joy accept the invitation to enter in (Luke 14:21-24). They will gladly give up anything they must to enter in (Luke 14:25-33). They will enjoy the blessings of the master's banquet feast. All because they have abandoned hope in all but the gracious invitation to come in to the Kingdom of God.
Luke 15 gives us three parables of Jesus to make one beautiful point about those who enter into the Kingdom of God through the narrow door - God delights over them. He rejoices and all the angels join in with Him. He waits patiently for them to come in and when they do, He sets the banquet feast once again that they may enjoy all that it means to belong to the Kingdom of God.
Do you see yourself there? Do you see your pitiful state? Have you walked through the door of repentance and of Christ? Are you delighting in the Kingdom? Are you ready to abandon it all that you might delight fully in God?
Welcome to the Kingdom!