Have you ever read something in the Bible and just glanced over it to get to the next section which seems a bit more riveting? Well, this I Am statement was one of those spots for me as a ‘young in the faith’ Christian. I always wanted to jump ahead to the “Good Shepherd” portion. But lately, this has become one of my favourite statements Christ has made. Before, I discuss further, lets look at the passage.
So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to 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 comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:7-10
A door has two main functions, to keep unwanted visitors out and to allow those inside a safe way out back into the world. Many of us have heard countless times that Jesus is the Only Way. I don’t want to touch too much on this or I may steal the thunder from a future blog in this series. However, we are all like wandering sheep, Jesus is the only gate in which we can safely enter.
Anxiety is a struggle for most, and a life long companion of mine that I’d rather ‘unfriend’. If you are like me take heart, this I Am statement is very empowering. Think for a moment that you are locked inside. There are no windows, only 1 door. The house is safe, anything inside that house you can easily handle. Now everything you are anxious about is outside, but it can’t get to you until it passes through that door. Jesus never said life would be easy; but by Him stating that He is the door, any ‘evil’ (or thing to be anxious about), must first pass through Him.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Maybe it’s a big test, a relationship on the rocks, a loved one in trouble, or sickness… whatever it is lets take a moment to pray. This time instead of praying that the challenge is solved or over come, lets try a thankful prayer. A prayer that thanks God for being the filter. He trusts you and knows that you can handle whatever storm is heading in. You can take each challenge as a moment from God to grow further in Him, or you can lay down and admit defeat and resort to a helpless victim.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12
I could go on for paragraphs on this thought. But here is what I’m NOT saying. I’m not saying that you should go looking for trouble, or that pain doesn’t hurt when you believe in Christ. Life is hard, emotions are real, often we can even get lost in who we are; but never lose sight of whose we are. Who is it you belong to, who is it that stood thousands of years ago blameless and perfect in the line of fire, so you and I can live forever in His house. Jesus is the door, He only lets what you can handle in, and through Him you can walk through the door to greener pastures.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
By: Donald Porter