"Lord, will only a few people be saved?" [Jesus] answered them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
We trust in Jesus’ desire to save us all, but we also strive to serve Him well in this life. This is a question of devotion for us. Out of love for Jesus, we want to be with Him as much as we can, even in this life. We strive to do only those things which please the Lord—to walk the narrow path without straying too far from Him. We strive, we work hard to please Him, not for what we might gain in this life or the next, but out of delight in taking part in His saving action. Our efforts and self-discipline are our way of trying to make His Kingdom come, His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In this light, we are not worried about being left out of salvation so much as we are working to reach out to others and invite them onto the narrow way, to help them through the narrow gate.
Mostly, we want to avoid spiritual laziness. We don’t want to get too comfortable in this life and lose our focus on heaven. Our trials and our challenges are opportunities for growth in grace and invitations to conform ourselves more fully to Jesus Christ. May we take seriously our role in helping to spread the Gospel to all people and our personal need for spiritual growth so that we and they may be “strong enough” to enter Paradise.