“Master, will only a few be saved.” Jesus said, “Whether few or many is none of your business.” Luke 13:23
Jesus talked about God’s kingdom and stirred up questions. Some wanted to know how many will get to heaven. He said it is none of their business. I took this to mean it is a one-on-one relationship with God that establishes eligibility for eternal life.
Years ago I attended a neighborhood Bible study. On occasion, someone would tear up and want us to pray for the soul of a family member to insure that they will share life after death in heaven. In my faith tradition, it is my understanding that no one can pray someone into a relationship with God. It is a choice one needs to make for their own salvation.
So, what can we do when we are concerned about someone who rejects the notion they need to be “saved” to have eternal life? We need to do as Jesus did–show by example what it means to live a life pleasing to God. We can do that by living a clean, lawful life, contribute to the poor, help the needy, set an example of studying God’s word and going to church. We can continue to love them and pray that they will notice the peace and joy of following Christ and become a seeker of God’s grace.
Thank you, Jesus, for being the perfect teacher, healer, and example of how to live so that others may find life in you. Amen.