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)
Going to someone’s home for the first time is always inter- esting. You pull up outside, looking for confirmation that you are at the right place. If the porch light isn’t on, the address number is obscured or there are no cars in the driveway, it can cause a miniature panic attack. The only way to know if you’re at the right place is to go to the door and knock.
Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t leave us guessing or make us wonder. He stands willing and ready to welcome us into the fold, if we only come to him. There is no need for anxiety or hesitation on our part, his invitation stands.
Jesus welcomes us in and protects us.
We have spent a lot of time with this passage this week. Take a couple of minutes to talk to Jesus about whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer. Just be real and open.
- How would you approach Jesus if you knew he was listening?
- How does it change your approach to know he invites you in?
- Do you feel safe with Jesus?