In the gospel of Luke, chapter 13, verses 22-30, we are asked to come through the narrow door. Jesus says many will try to come in and not be able. One of the books I have been reading lately is on Gospel meditations by John Michael Talbot who is also a musician. His meditation on this scripture is one that really hit me. He describes Jesus as our coach. A football coach who is trying to get his team moving. With the narrow gate, he is warning his team that if they don’t get busy, they won’t win any games.
Our game of life is what we are trying to win. We are getting ready to play in the “Olympics of Heaven.” As Talbot puts it, you don’t suit up and just sit and watch. You have to practice to get better at the game. You have to play the scrimmage games before you can play the real ones. As he says, we can’t just go through the motions of life. We can’t just be present at prayers, but really pray.
If we don’t get to know the plays for the game, if we don’t get to know the coach and what he wants, we will be lost when we get to the real game that heaven presents.