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“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are…” - Luke 13:24-27

Comment:

The story of the Gibeonites teaches us to work for our salvation when the opportunity avails itself.  We should not wait until destruction begins before we take steps for our preservation. In the text for today, Jesus Christ charges his disciples to do the work of God now that the gate is still open. This is because time will come when it would be too late to do so. “Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” (Luke 13:26,27) Now is the time for people of goodwill to do righteousness. They should not spend it in idleness or vainglory or mere pursuit of pleasure but for God and His work.  St. Paul stated: “Take care then how you are living, not as unwise, but as wise; Making good use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15,16 Bible in Basic English) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” - Acts 17:30, 31

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