There are times when reading the Bible where I sit back and think, “Wow, really? Is anyone making it to heaven?”
This was, in fact, the response that people had to much of Jesus’ teaching.
When Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven, He was met with “Who then can be saved?”
One of His listeners asked, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” His answer was, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” In other words: yup, few are saved.
Jesus said at one point, “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Even Jesus doesn’t think heaven will be highly populated.
All this is ironic when each of us assumes that our kids are saved, and all our dead relatives are in heaven, and, of course, everyone in our church is good to go (although we do know those Catholics are in trouble).
Ever since we “said the prayer” we ceased to consider whether we were saved. Of course I am. If I’m not, who would be?
Rather than consider who we are in light of God’s Word, or the person of Christ, we compare ourselves to others. “Well, that guy is in heaven and he was a jerk, so I’m good.” The reality is that we have no idea who is in heaven.
When you consider seriously what God’s Word asks of us and then analyze what our lives are filled with, what expectation should we have of heaven?
However, you can just call me a legalist, or trump my case with some theological theory about the words of Christ being for first century Jews, and don’t worry about it.
But, when was the last time you actually listened to God’s Word and let it do a number on ya?
When was the last time you trembled?
“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.“