I Am The Door
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheep- fold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture
(John 10:1-9 ESV)
The gospel is offensive. It teaches us that we cannot earn our way into God’s favor and there is only one access point. This is a hard pill to swallow. In a world that teaches us to be self-reliant, the Gospel calls us to humbly approach our savior and trust him for all we need. That means giving up our at- tempts to find a way in, and simply come through the gate he has provided: Jesus Christ.
Jesus, help me to not think too highly of myself. Help me not to “keep score” and consider myself righteous in light of the failures of others. Remind me that I am a sinner. Remind me that without you I am lost. Help me come to grips with my own sin and offer my heart to you so that you can change me.
- Why is it so hard for us to admit our sin?
- How should the truth about our sinful nature change the way we worship Jesus?
- What are some ways that we can be more honest with God and others about our sin?
- How does understanding our own sinfulness affect our ability to surrender to Jesus as our Savior?