Luke 13:24

24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

Read Luke 13:24 Using Other Translations

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
"Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
“Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.

What does Luke 13:24 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 13:24

Strive to enter in at the strait gate
What is meant by the strait gate, and by entering in at it, (See Gill on Matthew 7:13). To "strive", is to be diligent in the use of means; to search the Scriptures with care; to attend on the preaching of the word with constancy, neglecting no opportunity; to pray earnestly for spiritual light, knowledge, and grace; to contend with every enemy that opposes the salvation of the soul, as sin, Satan, and the world; to bear all reproaches and persecutions, and press through all difficulties, for the prize of the incorruptible crown: the metaphor seems to be taken from the striving, wrestling, and combat in the Olympic games, for a corruptible crown:

for many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be
able:
either when it is too late, when the door is shut; or else before, very faintly, in a superficial manner, from a mere natural affection, from a principle of self-love, which leads every one to desire happiness; and by very indirect and improper methods, by their own civility, morality, and righteousness; by works of the law, moral, or ceremonial; or by a profession of religion, and an outward compliance with the ordinances of the Gospel, and not by Christ, and faith in him.

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