In today’s society, a person’s weight is a measuring stick people use to judge others. I personally am obese at 5′ 8″ and 210 lbs. Being retired, it does not affect me in the work place, but it does affect how people look at me, and it affects me health.
So it is with sin. People like to judge others as a means to making themselves feel better, and to “warn” society about the sinners all around us. If you think of sin as pounds of weight and how our sins burden us in so many ways, the judgement may not be so unfair.
The good news is that we can lose the “weight” by repenting of our sins, or we can die as a result of our obesity.
In Luke 13:22-30, Jesus addresses the “narrow gate” and tells us to strive to enter through that gate as many will seek to enter and will not be able. Once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, that’s it, no more will be allowed to enter.
If we are to obese with unrepented sin, it will be virtually impossible for us to get through the narrow gate. We will be too large and too slow to get there. And even though we knew the Lord, we did not repent, and now God tells us he does not know us.
Luke 13 22-30 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
Notice also, at the end of the passage from Luke, a very familiar phrase of Jesus’ appears again, “indeed there are last who will be first and there are first who will be last.” We need to be careful and guard against judging others and concentrate on ourselves. We have enough to do to prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God, judging and/or envying others only delays our chance to get to the gate before it closes.
Worry about what you have control over – you!