As I read this passage of scripture, I sat and meditated on its meaning. ‘Why’, I thought, ‘would the writer attribute a human characteristic to an inanimate object like a gate or a door?’ As I thought more and more about this it suddenly occurred to me that the the inanimate, or dead, objects were really a metaphor for us as human beings. Or more precisely, we are the homes which the gates and doors give access to.
In any city there are apartments, buildings, businesses, and rows and rows of houses. Most houses have open front lawns with an enclosed back yard. And then there are some more posh homes that are more secluded where the homeowners feel the need to have a security fence and gate. Many probably have valuables that they wish to protect. Some want to keep people out, while others may want to keep their young ones safe from harm and wandering off. Whatever the case, a fenced gate is a form of security that some homeowners make an investment in.
The Lord showed me that we are the house — the gate is where we first meet him.
The gate is our first line of security. At the gate I can comfortably look out and see who it is that wants access to my property. Who is it that is coming to visit? Do they mean harm or are they harmless? At the gate we can comfortably restrict access to our property. From the gate one can see the exterior of the house. From the gate the world can see the condition of our lives. A run down house is an indicator that the owner does not care, or lacks the knowledge, to care for their home. If a carpenter showed up at your gate today and offered you his services for free, for as long as you needed him, and had an unlimited supply of free resources to fix and re-model your home, wouldn’t you let him in your yard?
Jesus Christ is the Master Carpenter at your gate. He sees the condition of your home —your life — and He wants to fix it up. He sees the broken state of your life. Were you sexually, emotionally, or physically abused? He sees you. Are you recovering from a divorce and you’ve been dealing with it through drugs and alcohol? He sees you. Have you lost your job, your family, and your friends over a habitual sin that you feel cursed to never break free from? He sees you. Is depression and oppression so overwhelming you that you can no longer function? He sees you! And He is ready to come in and fix up your life. He can take away the sins that have destroyed your life and left it in the pile of ruin that it is in today. He can take what the devil has meant for your destruction and turn it for good. Open your gate and let Him in today.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus Christ declares of Himself :
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
John 10:10 tells us that the thief (the devil) comes only to steal from us, to kill us, and to destroy our entire lives and souls, but that He, the Son of God, is come to give life! I John 3: 8 tells us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested in this world to destroy the sinful works of the devil. His entire ministry was to come and repair all that satan had destroyed. And if you are willing, He will come in and fix what has been broken in your life.
Many of us have already allowed Him through our gates and He has done a masterful job of making our outside over. We’ve stopped cursing, drinking, smoking etc. All of those things we once did are no longer done anymore. We’ve allowed God to clean us up on the outside. Even people around you can testify of God’s amazing work that they see in your life.
Recently, my wife was speaking with a friend who commented that this new Sonia was different. She had been transformed. This was not the Sonia they remembered! In fact, the change had been so greatly overwhelming for them that they did not know what to make of her. Moreover, they did not want to remain friends with my wife any longer!
It’s an amazing thing when the people who used to be your friends see the incredible change that has taken place in your life and will shun you because of it. It should make the Christian rejoice to know that the change that the world so wonderfully sees in you is like a house in a rundown neighbourhood that is suddenly repaired and becomes the most beautiful house on the block. Suddenly your neighbours, who would laugh and joke with you, have now become hostile towards you. You try talking with them about the wonderful change that has taken place in your life and the brand new you, but they seem bothered by you now. The outward appearances that you exhibit now makes them feel uncomfortable. Your house is now the shiniest house on the block and it makes them feel uncomfortable. Suddenly those who you once were friends with are asking you venomous questions. “Who do you think you are?” “Do you think you are better than me?” And for the new born Christian, this becomes a very lonely and strange time and place.
But Jesus tells us to REJOICE when this happens. in Matthew 5: 11-12, Jesus tells those listening during His sermon on the mount,
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Your heart is crying out for the entire world to know that you have found the best thing in this world, but all your friends have now turned their backs on you. It can be a crushing feeling. But don’t worry, in your yard stands the Master Carpenter who has made this incredible change in your life a reality! His name is Jesus. And now that He has fixed up the outside of your house — He wants to come in through the door of your heart and see the inside.
‘Wait a minute’, you say! ‘Jesus, you fixed up the outside of my house, but that’s as far as I want you to go. You can’t be coming into my house. It’s a mess!’ That’s exactly why He wants to come in. You see He not only is interested in just standing in your yard and admiring the work on the outside. He wants to fix up your inside as well.
Have you ever watched the show ‘Extreme Makeover’? They tear down an old house and build an entirely new one for a deserving family. Well, they don’t just build a shell and put the family in the house without walls, furniture, and appliances, but they also makeover the total inside of the house. This is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ wants to do with you!
You see a gate surrounds the outside of the home and offers a safety zone where you can comfortably allow guests to come into your personal space without letting them see the mess in your home. Jesus knows whats in your home. And He is ready to come in and fix what has been broken in there as well. Maybe that divorce, or the abuse you’ve suffered, or the rejection you have felt through the years has left a lasting scar on your heart. You protect these scars with feelings of anger, resentment, and bitterness against those who caused them. In your heart you carry sin. The door represents our last line of defence. It’s the door that protects what lies in our house. It protects what lies in the deepest and darkest parts of our house — or in this case, our hearts. The door represents all the places we dare not let anyone enter. But it’s in the deepest recesses of your heart that Christ most wants to work in.
You see, when Jesus Christ begins a work in your life, He completes it. Philippians 1:6 tells us,
“that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
That means that Jesus will never stop working on fixing and restoring your life in the way that He had intended it to be. And He will continue working on it until the day that the Father sends Him to gather all His children to be home with Him. However, you cannot resist Him. Instead, resist the devil and his sinful works. Submit your self to God, and humble yourself under His mighty hand. In due time, He will manifest a miraculous change in your spirit and life and lift you up to a higher place you have never stood before.
In Revelations 3:20 Jesus declares Himself to John and says:
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of God is standing at the door of your heart right now and wants to come in. The only questions you have to ask yourself are, “Who is this knocking at my door?” and’ “Should I let Him in?”
Who is this? It is the King of Glory. Should you let Him in? Yes.
Lift up your heads ye gates. Lift up ye everlasting doors. The King of Glory is standing near. And He shall come in.
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