My husband is currently leading a youth group in our church. We decided to get there about 3 hours early. When we arrived at 3:30 the crowd of those waiting to get in was already huge. Our group was 30 strong. We spent a lot of time just trying to make sure everyone stayed together in our little group. One of the older kids in our group decided to try to get closer. We soon noticed he was at the front door. His mother and my husband made their way to him at the door. It wasn’t long after that when they opened the doors. The crowd of people moved very slowly forward. People pressed closer and closer and it got harder and harder to keep our group together. Each adult managed to take a group of kids and keep them together. When I finally got to the door with my little group we barely wedged through the door together. I was so relieved to have made it inside with my son and daughter and their friends. We quickly reunited with my husband and our friend. My husband led me and the kids to our seats while our friend waited at the door for her husband and daughter. We were so glad to be inside and the artists started coming forward and praising God in song. It was a little glimpse of what heaven must be like. My husband was led to a special room for youth leaders to pray and meet some of the artists. Meanwhile, my friend who was stuck at the door waiting for her family was not having so much fun. You see, the building reached capacity and the doors were closed. Her son was seated with me but her husband and nine year old daughter were right on the other side of the doors when they closed them. She could see her family on the other side and could do nothing to reach them. Her daughter was crying and begging to get to her mommy and her husband was trying to console her. My friend was begging the security people to let them in. No matter what she said nothing seemed to help. The rest of us were inside worshiping and praising God while our friends were going through a living nightmare. Eventually, my friend was able to trade places with her daughter and allow her to come in while she left with a few of the others in the group that did not make it in. Right now you may be thinking, what’s the point?
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
The point is that we go to church every Sunday thinking that we are okay and so are our friends there. The problem is that I believe that there are a lot of people out there that think, “I go to church so I’m ok.” But Jesus said that it is not true. He said that only those who do His Father’s will get to enter.
Where will you be? Where will your family be?