“What a privilege it would be to have a share in the Kingdom of God” (Luke 14:15, NLT).
One day Jesus was at a dinner party hosted by a prominent Pharisee. Jesus quickly dominated the conversation of the evening. How did he get their attention? First of all, Jesus was probably the most famous religious personality of the country at the time. Huge crowds of people followed him around. He stirred up quite a controversy with his public confrontations with the synagogue rulers. He was the talk of the town because of all the healing miracles he regularly performed. And that night, He did it again and cured a man with swollen arms and legs.
When He got their attention, Jesus taught them about humility. He said that the proud will be humbled and the humbled will be honored. He also taught that God will reward those who bless those who cannot bless them back. He did this to demonstrate the Father-heart of God who blesses us in ways that we can never repay.
It was at this point that one of the guests exclaimed, “What a privilege it would be to have a share in the Kingdom of God!” It was as if the guest had a revelation how kind God is. Jesus was the physical manifestation of the Father on earth. Jesus said that if you saw Him, you would see His Father. And the many healing miracles that Jesus did demonstrated the heart of the Father. His desire was to set people free from any and all sickness and bondages that they were suffering.
The crux of the matter is that people who feel self-important think they don’t need God or His Kingdom. They think they can do without God’s salvation. Whereas the sick and the lame desperately need a healing; they know they need help and they are eager to get it. Where are we? Are we desperate for Him or do we have a “can’t be bothered” attitude.
“The door to heaven is narrow,” Jesus said. “Word hard to get in, because many will try to enter, but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too late” (Luke 13:24-25). Not only should we consider it a privilege to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we need to work hard with all our strength to enter in. It is easy to be healed by the Lord or forgiven by Him, but then He says, “Now go and sin no more.” And He says we must carry our cross and follow Him.
It is easy to accept His invitation to enter the Kingdom and to attend His party. But letting Christ live out His life in us is not easy. Jesus faced many persecutions in his three years of ministry. We can expect to face difficulties as well. But through it all we must remember the privilege it will be to share in the Kingdom of God.
Lord, please change my heart and let me realize again the awesome privilege it is to know You and to be invited to share in Your inheritance. Renew the fervor I had with you when I first believed. Let me make every effor to enter in through the narrow gate. Praise the Lord.