Through the door

I recently heard a travel writer encourage people who were considering traveling abroad to just go through the door. Doors are opportunities or obstacles. Often our perspective determines reality. If we view doors as obstacles, that is what they are. To this travel writer, one needed to see the doors as opportunities for adventure, growth, and perspective.

Scripture speaks often of doors, both literal and figurative.

In teaching on humility in prayer, Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).

The Israelites placed the blood of the Passover lamb on the doorposts and lintel of their houses. They then were to shelter inside while God passed over their doors (Exodus 12:22, 23).

When servants wished to join themselves permanently to their master, it was the door or doorpost which provided the backing for the ear-piercing which sealed the union (Exodus 21:6).

God commanded his words to be written “on the doorposts” (Deuteronomy 6:9; 11:20). As they walked in and out, they would be reminded that it was God who gave them their dwelling, and it was God who blessed their family.

Some of the most illuminating analogies use doors.

God warned Cain that “sin was crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:7). We know that Cain walked through the door with no regard for the danger of sin and was overtaken. John saw an open door in heaven which granted to him visions of victory (Revelation 4:1).

Great biblical themes of judgment, salvation, and evangelism are illustrated by doors.

In his great parable of the ten virgins, the foolish virgins missed their opportunity to enter into the marriage feast. These haunting words, “and the door was shut” (Matthew 25:10), should be a constant reminder to us to live an expectant existence.

Paul and Barnabas shared with the church in Antioch that God had “opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). Paul was always looking for open doors for “effective work” (1 Corinthians 16:9), and solicited prayers for doors to open (Colossians 4:3).

We know that God can control doors, “Behold, I have set before you an open door which no one is able to shut” (Revelation 3:8). Yet God will not throw open the doors of our hearts. For he stands at the door and knocks, assuring us that “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). Open the door and Jesus will commune with you, keep it closed and he will forever be without.

Perhaps the most significant of all the door metaphors is Jesus himself. Jesus taught that he is the door, “If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). The only way to the Father, is through Jesus (John 14:6).

Perhaps you’ve gone through the door to exotic or interesting places. God has created a wonderful world that we can explore. But no door is as rewarding, or as consequential, as Jesus himself. Yes, go through the door.

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