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COLUMN: Open the door for Jesus

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By Jon Rohr

I don’t know who invented the door, but to whomever did, I am very thankful. Our front doors keep out the wind, rain and cold of winter. Inside doors allow us some privacy in busy households. Some doors allow us to hide messy rooms when we have guests over.
And somehow doors capture our imaginations. People spend a great deal of money on elaborate and inviting front doors. In many movies, going through a door can be an adventure. Perhaps a criminal waits behind the door. Maybe a great treasure waits beyond the door. In the “Lord of the Rings,” one of the characters says, “It’s a dangerous business … going out your front door. You step into the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
The beginning of every great adventure, every great journey is taking that first step through the door. That is true in our spiritual lives as well.
Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9 ESV). Jesus is the door that we must pass through to inherit eternal life. Walking through that door begins an amazing adventure that will last us the rest of our lives and beyond.
He is the door we must go through to experience the full and abundant life he has promised us. He is the door we must open to allow the Holy Spirit to enter into our lives. He is the door through which the full blessings of love, grace and mercy must flow.
If you ever watch “Let’s Make a Deal,” they often offer several doors to a contestant. Behind one door is an amazing prize; the other doors look good, but behind them is only disappointment. These days people say there are many doorways to God, many pathways to heaven, but there is only one, and it is clearly marked with the cross. The other doorways offer only false hope and bitter disappointment.
In another place, Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20 ESV). There’s that picture of a door again, the door in our hearts. Even now, Jesus is knocking at that door. And just like at our front door, we choose whom to invite in. Have you invited him in?
Next time you open your front door, ask yourself, have I let Jesus in today? And when you walk out through that door, remember to carry Jesus with you wherever you go. Enjoy the adventure.