SERMONS ONLINE Homily for the Eve of All Hallows : 31st October 2012 Audio: “How many will be saved?” – Ephesians 6.1-9 & Luke 13.22-30 Someone asked him 'Lord will only a few be saved?'
JESUS ENCOURAGED humility in his disciples. Not an obsequious humility born out of a desire to “curry favour” (Ephesians 6) – but the kind of humility that is confident in the knowledge that in God “there is no partiality”.
Lack of humility – perpetual concern with who is or who isn't going to be saved – tempts our concentration away from how we're intended to live our own lives, humbly, and in company, now, with the “last” people we'd be naturally inclined to favour, who “will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God” – which begins (and might better be called the “Reign” of God) HERE! – hopefully, in some measure at least, by your own hand and humble hospitality.
The entrance to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem requires a bending low in order to make entrance. “Strive to enter through the narrow gate”. The humble way, the stable way, is God's way – what Paul called “the more excellent way”; the way, not of “currying favour” but the most natural, hope-filled, promising way of all: the way of Love. The humble shall be raised. The last shall be first. Don't grind your teeth.