God Put A Million, Million Doors In The World...
One of those doors is you...
During a recent family camping trip to Roaring River State Park, I was listening to the radio when I heard the Jason Gray song, "With Every Act of Love." Towards the very end of the song was the lyric that I used for the title of this blog. I felt an immediate inspiration to take some pictures of doors and write a blog post about the time taking the pictures and studying about doors.
I'm blessed in Independence to have many historic houses that have amazing front porches and doors. I spent most of the time driving around The Square and the Truman Historical District. I would like to point out, it was really weird driving around, stopping, and taking pictures of people's front doors. It felt a little bit like I was spying or stalking someone. But, it also felt a little bit like I was a private investigator working a case, and that was sort of exciting!
After I finished taking the pictures I needed to do some study on doors from the BIBLE. I've really started to use these blog posts as a reason for me to dig into GOD's WORD and see what I can learn. I began studying doors and all the passages about them in the bible, but that wasn't seeming to lead anywhere. That's when I found a verse in my favorite book of the bible, John.
So JESUS said again, “I assure you: I am the DOOR of the sheep.
There it was, this blog would have pictures of doors... and would talk about sheep... A weird pairing, I know... but this is where the SPIRIT led me, so here we go.
Sheep were an important part of the Jewish culture. They provided food (meat), drink (milk), clothing (wool), and shelter (skin). They were a sign of wealth. The shepherd was important for keeping them safe. Jesus compares himself with a "Good Shepherd," in this passage.
My life as a Christian is suppose to be modeled after Christ, so I should be a "Good Shepherd" myself. After a week of study, here are some areas that I need to work on in my life to be a "Good Shepherd."
1. I need to lead others, just as a shepherd leads his sheep.
The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.
2. I need to be prepared to protect others from the wolves of this world, as a shepherd protects his sheep.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. This happens because he is a hired man and doesn’t care about the sheep.
3. I need to feed others by teaching them the Word, just as a shepherd feeds his sheep.
He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” Jesus replied “Feed My sheep.”
4. Finally, I need to search for those who have fallen away and become lost, just as a shepherd searches for his lost sheep.
What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it?
I am one of the doors that GOD placed in this world to show love for others, just like the song says. My goal is to be the door for GOD's sheep, their shepherd. Here are some images of the doors that inspired this weeks blog.
Song: With Every Act of Love by Jason Gray