John 10:1-10 CEB
This passage made me think about doors and how important it is to choose the right one. We must enter through the right door to get into the right place. But, sometimes we go through the wrong door and this leads us into wrong and sometimes embarrassing places.
I will tell you a funny story about a time when I took the wrong door.
Maybe you will relate to what happened to me. When I was a freshman in college at the University of P. R., on one particular Sunday, I went to the library. I was studying for my finals, and suddenly, I had an urgent call from mother nature to go to the bathroom. I ran to the closest restroom and blindly went in through the nearest open door.
As soon as I got in there, something told me that I had entered through the wrong door, But, since I was alone in the restroom, I did what I came in there to do. Then I heard the sound of high heels stepping into the room. Now you know what happened!
Two more women came in and did their business too. I got so embarrassed that I waited for the ladies to leave until I thought it was safe, and nobody was in there. I had to exit through the same door, and on my way out, a lady was coming in. She noticed my embarrassment and laughed at me.
Afterward, I couldn’t wait to get away from that campus. The moral of this story is that in life, choosing the right door is crucial. It is the only way to get to the right place where we can experience all that life has to offer.
During this pandemic season, we are all sheep in need of a Good Shepherd to help us safely find our way to Him that is also the gateway to Heaven. Our natural tendency is to focus on what is right in front of us, heads down. When we have a small perspective like this we may end up feeling stressed and anxious. In this state, we are more likely to make wrong decisions and get into the wrong place physically, emotionally, or spiritually. But, the voice of Jesus is telling us to stop, look up, and see what He is doing. I can hear the voice of Jesus in what my grandmother used to say to me, “Son, whenever you are in a hurry, take it easy.”
Remember, Jesus tells us, “I am the Gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture.”… “I came so that they could have life—indeed so that they could live life to the fullest” (v. 9-10).
The critical matter here is that now more than ever, we need to stay in touch and listen to Jesus, our Good Shepherd. We can do this by being attentive to His voice as we pray. We can ask Him to shed His grace upon us and bring us His peace. He will open our understanding to embrace His wisdom as we read the Bible and spiritual books. We can then share what we learn with another spiritual person.
Christ Jesus is the gateway, the only way to pass into salvation.
When we enter through Him, He takes us to a good place, a safe place.
He is the right door, the only door that will lead us to live in the fullest sense. So, let’s remember to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd Jesus, draw near to Him, and surrender to God’s will.
We will find that He stands ready to open the door, to receive us and to pass through Him to a life that we can experience fully both here on earth and someday, in heaven.