Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jesus Is The Door

I found great comfort in my morning meditation. Sometimes our perspective on the things we experience need adjustment and this is just what the doctor ordered. I pray you will find it helpful as I have.

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.”—John 10:9

As Christians, we talk about God “opening doors” to us as a means of His revealing His will. What we are asking God to do is engineer our circumstances to match what we think would be best. The problem is that we misunderstand what the door is. Jesus said He is the door. Circumstances are irrelevant, for no one can shut the door that Jesus opens (Rev.3:8). If you have substituted activity for your relationship with Christ, then circumstances can disrupt your activity. When the activity is hindered, you may assume the door has been closed. Yet, if Christ is the door in your life, He will guide you into every experience of Him that He wants, and there will be nothing that people can do to stop Him.

When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison at Philippi, it appeared that the door to their ministry in Greece had been violently and firmly closed (Acts 16:22-24). The reality of their situation, however, was that their Lord had opened a door of ministry to a previously unreached group of men in prison. The Philippian jailer and his household would become a significant nucleus of the new church in Philippi. From a human perspective, a door had been closed; from God's perspective, Paul and Silas continued to minister exactly where God wanted them to.

When people oppose us, we can become discouraged or worry about what others are doing to us. We may even try to take matters into our own hands to accomplish what we think God wants. This reveals that we do not really believe Jesus is the door for our lives. If we did, we would be assured that through Christ we have access to everything He wants to do in and through us.

Experiencing God Day by Day: A Devotional and Journal.
By Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby


Jennifer McGhee said...

Thank you for this post. You seem to always find encouraging devotions to help me through the day. God Bless.

Keith D. Witherspoon said...

Great Post my brother! That is a great resource to draw inspration from. I must obtain a copy!

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

McGhee, I echo the words of Dr. Spoon. Great post as usual. We all need to be reminded that Jesus is indeed the door to everything that we need.



Pastor McGhee,

"Jesus is our door" Revelation 3:20 states - Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

What a friend we have in Jesus.

Excellent post~~~

Ronald said...

Pastor McGhee, thank you for this post. I needed to hear/read this today.

Thank you, great post.

Rev. Barney said...

man you sure know how to stir up trouble don't you. Great post !!

RCA72351 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTOR!!!!!!! Hope you are having a wonderful Blessed day today.

Bortheer Armstrong

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Pastor McGhee and may God bless you with many more.

Yours in Christ,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post. It was right on time. Jesus is truly our door. God bless you always.


Twill said...

Great post, may god bless ya!