Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep
By faith, we come to the border of the cross. We open the Door that is Christ Jesus, and we walk from death to life. When we step across that border to the other side…we shut the door!
We already know the blessings that await us! We already understand the quality of the life that we want is to be found on this side of the border. We already recognize the things that we want to leave behind. Some of us, though, want an open border so we can cross back over anytime that we desire.
We still struggle with the chains of our past. We may be bound by generations of sin, by circumstances and issues that create link after link that tighten around us. How easy it is to begin to doubt the power of God to redeem us. We want access to the freedom and the liberty found in the salvation of Jesus, but we begin to believe that it is up to us, that we must figure out a means to disentangle ourselves from the chains that hold us down.
There is more good news for us! The Word of God is alive, powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword. It declares that we are not redeemed by any schemes or works that we might muster up; we are saved by grace through faith. And even that faith is a gift from God!
Heavenly Father, help me to shut the door on my old way of life. Break off the chains of my past. Set me free to live in the freedom that faith in You brings. Help me to remember that it is not up to me, that I can lean on You for power and peace. In the name of Jesus…amen.
Today’s Bible Reading:
1 Kings 9:1-10:29
Psalms & Proverbs