I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and that your joy may be complete.
We walk through doors each day. We go into the store, into work, and into our homes. If we think about it, we are constantly walking through an entryway of some sort. Those are physical doors with frames we can touch. I have never thought of the Great I AM as a door. I have never fully read the Scriptures that were listed today either. I have to ask myself, ‘When I wake up what door do I enter? Am I entering through a door of safety, of security and peace? Am I entering into THE DOOR? Or am I entering into the door of the world—the door of frustration, fear, strife, or of anything else that may be waiting to steal, kill, and destroy?
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
Three times. That’s how many times Jesus had to remind us of who He is to us. That’s how many times He has to remind us that we need Him to guide and direct our lives. And this was just in this chapter!! I had to ask myself how many times in my life has He had to remind me of this? How many times have I been reminded after I tried other ways, false doors, and wrong turns?
I am a sheep.
I am helpless without Christ.
I walk with my head down and don’t know where I’m going most of the time; I get lost.
I have almost walked off of many cliffs. God’s grace saved me.
I am an easy target.
I am fearful and defenseless.
Without the I AM, I am without a door. I am without access to the life I was meant to live. I am susceptible to harm. Without a door, the thief that comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy has an open invitation to my life.
As I was reading today’s lesson these words touched my heart:
“Jesus is The DOOR. We need to learn how to enter through The Door.”
So often in life we ask, ‘Which way do I turn? What do I do? Who do I turn to?’ So often in life we look past The Door that is right in front of us…we try every other door other than The Door.
Teresa asks us this question:
What does it mean to you that Jesus is The DOOR?
Truly think about this during the day. What does this mean to you?
Dear Heavenly Father,
So many times we search for a way through life. So many times we look and look for the direction we are to go in. Thank You, Father, for being our Door. Thank You for opening the way to salvation, safety, love…to the path that You have created for us. Please forgive us for trying other doors, for trying to make our own way. You are our Door! You are our Shepard. In Jesus’ name, we pray.