DOORS

DOORS

Have you ever thought about how many door you walk through in a day? You walk through the door at work or school. You go through car doors, the door at the supermarket, the doctor’s office. You may go through the door at the post office.

Today, I want to consider a different kind of door; the door of your Christian life. My blog is directed to those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. Most Christians are familiar with Warner Sallman’s picture of Jesus at our heart’s door.  It is based on the passage found in Rev. 3:20

 You may also be aware that this door has no latch on the outside. We must open the dooThe_Light_Of_The_World1r from inside and invite Christ in. And while that is true, I want us to consider another viewpoint.  Could it not also mean   that Christ is knocking and inviting us to come out to where He is and engage our world with the Good News of Christ?

Have you ever thought that our church doors only swing inward? We invite people to come to our church (inward swing) but we never go out to where Jesus is working in the lives of people outside our ‘holy huddle.’ Jesus’ instructions were to go out  ; Luke 9:2 , Luke 10:1 not to bring them in. It is more important to bring people to Christ than to bring them to church.

Jesus tells us that we are to be ‘fishers of men.’ But our method of evangelism is to bring people (the fish) to church so that they might hear the “big fisherman” (pastor) present the Gospel message and hopefully respond.

 If you listen closely, I think you can heard Jesus knocking and saying “Come out to where I am and join me in the work of the Kingdom.

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I have always been curious why Japanese families remove their shoes before entering their house. There seems to be two reasons: 1] Years ago, Japanese homes had woven mats on their floors, these were used to sit on while eating and at night to sleep on. Wearing shoes would destroy these mats. 2] Removing your shoes would keep tracking in dirt.

 I have always wondered why God commanded Moses to remove his shoes in Exodus 3:5. Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I understand showing reverence in God’s presence but reverence is a matter of one’s attitude not attire.

The sandals Moses wore were not purchased at his local shoe store but rather they were made by his own hands. When God said to take off his sandals, He was basically saying nothing of our own self-effort should come before a holy God. When we approach God, we cannot come with any sense of personal confidence or accomplishment. Luke 18:11-13 We should come with a spirit of humility and unworthiness.  The hymn, Rock of Ages, has a line that explains it best. “…in my hand no price I bring, simply to the cross I cling.”

D –T –R

D –T –R. Some of you will recognize what these letters stand for.

For a young man in a relationship, these letters strike fear in their hearts. They dread the DTR talk. It makes single men so uncomfortable they will only use the initials DTR. The objective is to postpone, run away, and put off DTR for as long as possible. In fact many men are so afraid of the DTR, they will terminate the relationship when they sense the DTR talk is imminent.

D.T.R. stands for Define The Relationship. At some point in a romantic relationship you must determine the level of commitment. You define the relationship and decide where things stand – is it casual, or is it committed?

We must also DTR with Jesus Christ. What is your commitment level? Many people want all the benefits of knowing Jesus but without any commitment. You want to be a fan but not a follower. A fan is simply defined as an enthusiastic admirer. I think there a lot of people who have made a “decision” for Christ but they have never totally committed their lives.

Most parents want their kids to have a little bit of God – they want their kids to have some Biblical morals. But one of the most dangerous ways to be raised is with a little bit of Jesus…it’s like an inoculation. A little bit can make you immune to the real thing.

Jesus explains that following him in not something you do part-time or half-way. Jesus said it is all or nothing.

If anyone would come after me he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.

Survivor

Aaron Lee RalstonIn in April 2003, while he was hiking in Utah a suspended boulder from which he was climbing down became dislodged, crushing his right forearm and pinning it against the canyon wall. Ralston had not told anybody of his hiking plans and knew no one would be searching for him. Assuming that he would die, he spent five days slowly sipping his small amount of water while trying to free his arm. His efforts were futile as he could not free his arm from the 800-pound rock. After three days of trying to lift and break the boulder, the dehydrated  and delirious Ralston prepared to amputate his trapped right arm at a point on the mid-forearm, in order to escape.

The Bible tells us that before the second return of Jesus Christ there will be dangerous and difficult time. Only those that endure to the end will survive, spiritually. Matthew 10:22 We all have seen professional entertainers that started their careers with high expectations but only to end up broke and drug dependent. Not everyone who starts well finishes well. We have also seen people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, only to see them drop by the wayside. Galatians 5:7

  My friend if you have begun the Christian race, do not rely on your amazing start but rather be diligent to the end. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8