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"If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God." ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Everywhere we look, there are doors. They are lovely things; they keep the wildlife and other undesirable stuff out, and in the summer, the cool air in, and in the winter, the heated air in. But the main point of a door is to allow egress–they are fixed barriers on hinges that enable us to go out and come back in. If they didn't have hinges and a knob, they'd serve no purpose.

We also have spiritual doors to our hearts. Like physical doors, they can be closed, locked, or opened. When folks fail to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, their hearts are closed off from experiencing His total love. God still loves them; by his prevenient grace, he still draws them to him, but he desires them to fling open the door and invite them in so they might have abundant joy and peace. 

There are yet others who keep their doors locked, resisting the message of Jesus. Perhaps they've grown up in the church, heard the message, and don't accept it, or unchurched who've been turned off by the hypocrisy of some carrying the banner of Christianity while not living the genuine life of Christ. Sometimes, doubt, fear, or pride may prevent them from opening their hearts to God. Whatever the reasons, God, in his love and grace, continues to call, hoping their hearts will be softened and they may open the door–even just a crack to glimpse his goodness.

Others open the door. Just as opening a physical door allows us to enter a room, confessing our faith in Jesus will enable us to enter a relationship with God. When we open our hearts in faith, we don't stand talking to God on the doorstep; we invite him in to take up residence. We move from separation and darkness into the light and love of God's presence. The more we open ourselves to God's love and grace, the deeper our relationship with Him will become. We experience greater joy, peace, and purpose in life.

But this isn't a one-time thing but an ongoing commitment. Doors open and close; by their definition, it's what they do. As followers of Christ, we want our doors to remain open. With God living within, he helps keep the bad things out–he dispels the darkness. In our daily walk with Jesus, we listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit to become good disciples in bringing his light into the world.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for those times we've closed our doors and our doubts and fears. Today, we cast them all aside and choose to believe. This day, we confess that Jesus is your Son, our Savior, and our Lord. Please enter our hearts, Lord Jesus. Take up residence in the deepest corners of our beings. Cleanse the darkness and fill us with your light. Let your love be the foundation of our lives, the guiding force in my decisions, and the source of our strength. We open not just the doors of our hearts but also the doors of our minds, spirit, and life. Lead us, Lord, by the Holy Spirit, on the path of righteousness and truth. May our lives be a testament to your love and grace, a beacon of hope for others searching for their way in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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