Open and Shut

door-closed-w-little-boy‘These things says, He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” (Revelation 3:7-8)

When my little grandson got to be about a year old he had already chosen his profession in life. I know, isn’t that amazing!? His mother is not happy about it, but a dream is a dream. He is going to be a door man. We know this because the busy tyke spent most of his waking hours opening and shutting whatever door he could get his hands on. Open. Shut. Open. Shut. Open. Shut. Open….. Shut….. We decided that once he is able to stand without falling on his behind, he will be going places. Someday he’ll be greeting people as he opens the doors of the finest hotels and theaters. Have you ever held the door open for someone and received their thanks? Didn’t it feel good? I think it could be a very satisfying career.

There is One who stands over all creation. He too, is a door man. In fact, He is the Door. (See John 10:1-21)) Jesus Christ says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (v.9) Those who try to enter the sheepfold (heaven) any other way but Christ will do so in vain. He alone opens the door to allow entrance. He alone shuts the door to deny entrance. We alone choose His way or we alone choose our way. His way is Life. Our way is Death. It really is that open and shut.

In our opening scripture the Lord speaks to the faithful church in the city of Philadelphia. This congregation kept the faith, kept His word, and kept His name front and center no matter what came against them. Because of this they possessed an open door into His presence upon the earth and in heaven.

Are you like those at Philadelphia? Is the door open? Then show others where to find the Door that they too may be saved and enter in and out and find pasture.

I really think my grandson is on to something!

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