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)
Someone who cannot admit they need help will never seek help. So it is with us as Christians. Jesus is clear that he has offered Himself as the Gate by which we enter into salvation, but we will never take Him up on His offer if we are blind to our own condition.
Surrendering to Him means that we accept that we are unable to satisfy God’s demands on our own. It means that we give up trying to earn God’s love and understand that it has already been given to us in the person of Jesus.
Entering salvation through The Gate is much more than just liking Jesus or what He stood for. Entering through The Gate requires me to humble myself and admit that I am not good enough to meet God’s demands.
Jesus does for me what I cannot do for myself.
Jesus, help me to surrender to you. Expose the prideful ar- eas in my life that may cause me to think I am strong. Help me to see my need for you more everyday.
- What areas in your life have been difficult to relinquish control of?
- What are some things we can do to help us be reminded of our need for a Savior?
- Why is it so hard for us to admit we need a Savior?
- How does understanding that Jesus did what we could not do change the way we live?