Read John 10:8-11
I love doors. They are one of the first things I notice when I walk up to a building. They can make such a statement. I dream of the day that I buy my first house and paint my door a fun color, a welcoming color.
That is exactly what Jesus is. He is a door. He makes a statement and He is so welcoming. He desperately wants to swing open for you.
Jesus’ door is narrow, though. Only those who believe and repent get to walk through (Matthew 7:13). This is why Jesus’ last command to His disciples was to spread the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20). To make it known to all people, to all nations and all religions. Jesus crossed cultural boundaries while He was living on earth to love people; He wants us to do the same. He wants everyone to get to walk through the door.
Jesus is more than just a door. He is also a sacrifice. He gave His life so that we could live the fullest life. He died on a tree so that we would not have to pay the penalty of our sin. He was alone and in pain, as His closest friends watched Him hang there.
He did that for you.
When you have that relationship with Jesus, you get to be the coolest welcome mat there is on the market. You get to be the pre-welcome before the best welcome there is. You get to introduce people to Jesus.
Doors take on a whole new meaning when we think of them in terms of Jesus’ sacrifice and love.
Throughout today, think about Jesus as a door. Thank Him for His sacrifice and love. Then think about how you can live a life that better honors Jesus’ love and sacrifice, and makes it known to people.
Questions to consider
- What does this name of Jesus mean to you?
- When you think of Jesus’ sacrifice and love for you, what kind of meaning does this name take on?
- In what ways can you be the best “door” to people in experiencing Christ?