So I was at our local Sheriff’s Office yesterday getting my concealed weapons license and while I was waiting for the processing of my application, i was taken back somewhat by the stark, sterile sense of environment. Everything was brown, with one-way mirrors and buttons you push to talk to someone through a speaker. Policemen and women exit and enter, and the heavy security doors shut hard, echoing down a stairwell nearby. There are no plants, no warmth, and no laughter.
Various people enter and exit. The lady waiting to be bonded. The boyfriend, speaking into the intercom about when he can pick up his girlfriend for bond. The young man attempting to get his arrest record for impersonating an officer and having his car impounded for evidence (yeah, I wondered) and his girlfriend, quiet and soft spoken and obviously encouraging him that it’ll be okay.
What struck me as odd was the emptiness of it. It definitely resounds…confinement, boundaries and the only words on every door…Authorized Personnel Only.
It made me think, “the Father has surely opened and closed many doors for me and others.” Some of the doors are figurative, like the door to choice. Unfortunately, we don’t always choose good.
The door of the Ark before the flood was closed by God to save a few in a world of bad choices.
Yeshua says, I am the door, if any man enter in, he shall be saved. He says He stands at the door and knocks and if any man hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in to him, eat with him and the man will eat with Yeshua.
Hebrews 4:15-16: For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The above passage stresses the attitude with which those who have chosen Him can enter in…With Confidence, knowing you will receive mercy and grace when you need it. The other verses speak of a man entering in, but he must first hear and by hearing, I believe follow the One who opened the door for him.
What an amazing opportunity! God asks us to come to Him, Yeshua knocks at the door, hoping we will open it. An offer of life. He says ANY man who enters shall be saved. Not just authorized personnel. The door is open if we will walk through it. How many times in our lives do doors open and we walk through without thinking of where we’re going.
I assume in the above scripture that if we’re knocking on a door, we know where it leads to just as those who exited and entered the doors within this jail, knew what was behind the door. There is usually not mercy or grace behind those doors. This place is a place where justice is dealt out routinely.
But there is still a door you must open, and behind it is the One who is Justice, Mercy, Compassion and Love. It’s not too late. Open the door to your heart and believe that life is greater than where you are right now and someone is offering it to you so come in confidently knowing another has given you authorization, has paid your bond and waits for you.
Open the Door