You Must Open the Door


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1 Corinthians 15:3, “I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures”
John 10:9, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved”

Today, more so than ever, countless individuals describe their religious beliefs this way, “God and I have our own thing going. I get up on Sunday morning and enjoy the day in my own way. A pot of my favorite coffee, the Sunday paper, a walk around my yard. It’s my way of knowing that everything’s right with me and my Maker.” This may sound very appealing to believe that we can have our own way of making things right with God. We may even like the concept of an individualized faith that is tailor-made to get us into heaven. It fits right in with this day of tolerance for everyone’s personal choices.

However, there is one big problem with this humanistic belief - the Bible, God’s breathed Word, makes it crystal clear that there’s only one way of salvation, faith in Jesus Christ. With that said, I have selected for today’s devotion, a hymn written by Ina Mae Duley Ogdon, which speaks about opening the door of our heart to the only One (Jesus Christ) who can save us from our sins. I sincerely trust this old hymn entitled “You Must Open the Door” will speak to your heart and be a blessing to you this day. Enjoy my brethren!

There’s a Savior who stands at the door of your heart,
He is longing to enter – why let Him depart?
He has patiently called you so often before,
But you must open the door.


You must open the door; You must open the door,
When Jesus comes in, He will save you from sin,
But you must open the door.

He has come from the Father salvation to bring,
And His name is called Jesus, Redeemer and King;
To save you and keep you He pleads ever more,
But you must open the door.


He is loving and kind, full of infinite grace,
In your heart, in your life, will you give Him a place?
He is waiting to bless you, your soul to restore,
But you must open the door.


He will lead you at last to that blessed abode,
To the city of God, at the end of the road,
Where the night never falls, when life’s journey is o’er,
But you must open the door.

Further reflection:

Sir George Adam Smith an Old Testament scholar said that when he visited the Holy Land he came upon a shepherd and his sheep standing before a stockade. There was no door in that protective enclosure, only an opening the width of a man’s body. Sir George asked the shepherd why there was no door, and he explained, “I am the way in. I stand in the opening, and the sheep pass under me into the stockade. When they are all safely inside, I lie down across that opening. No thief can get in and no sheep can get out except over my body. I am the entrance.”

My brethren, we are like sheep who need a Shepherd (1 Peter 2:25). For entrance into heaven, a place of eternal bliss, Jesus gave this amazing claim, “I am the door of the sheep … If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:7-9). The people listening to Him that day didn’t think of a wooden gate swinging on hinges. They understood that He was really saying, “I am the entrance into the homeland of God.” He could claim to be the way into that eternal blessedness, the exclusive way into God’s glory, because He is the incarnate Son of God, our Redeemer and Savior. Jesus Christ is the only way into heaven (John 14:6). We gain entrance only by putting our faith and trust in Him, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

Christ opens the door of heaven to those who open their heart to Him.