“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me will be saved.” (John 10:9a NLT)
As I pondered what the Lord is seeking to say, in relation to the purposes of doors and windows, it occurred to me that some doors are glass, thus the view of whatever is on the other side isn’t blocked. And, on the other hand, windows very often have coverings that alter or eliminate the view of what’s on the other side of them. So, what does this have to do with anything spiritual. Actually, quite a lot.
Think of the people with whom you have contact each day. Family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, servers in the coffee shop, in the aisles of the grocery, the list is virtually endless. And the tragedy is, we pay little or no attention to most of them, most of the time. . . unless!
What if we asked the Lord to open the windows of our minds to see what He sees? What if we took to heart the words of Jesus in John 10:9 above to mean He is the only “door” into salvation and eternal life? And what if, as a result of those considerations, we would see ourselves as a “window” and/or “door” through which all of those people we pass each day could catch a glimpse of Jesus?
For purposes of this article, let’s make a few distinctions between doors and windows. I desire this to be as simple as possible, so as we consider which one we may lean towards, think of a window as one through which a clearer view of something is seen. But a door is an entry way to experience what is seen.
For example. we have a water feature in our backyard. I enjoy standing at the sliding glass door and just looking at the water as it cascades across the rocks. But I’d much rather open the door and listen to the soothing melody of the water splashing over the rocks and into the pond beneath.
Perhaps you’ve seen photos and films of the Grand Canyon, but if you’ve been there, you know nothing compares to sitting on a huge boulder, feeling the wind in your face, watching the birds soar across the endless sky, hearing their songs, and watching the sun set over the edge of that massive expanse. To me, life in Christ is like the Grand Canyon. It’s impossible to explain to someone who’s never seen the Canyon, what it’s like.
And, similarly, it’s impossible to convey what having my sin forgiven, my heart set free, my spirit filled, my life given hope and purpose and meaning like I never imagined possible. How can I convey what it’s like to be alone, but not be lonely; grieving, but not in despair; enjoying life to it’s fullest, without the latest gadget, most expensive car, jewelry, house, or other possessions? How is it possible to share that Jesus is my life? That apart from Him I’m nothing and can do nothing? That I desire Him more than life itself?
The truth is, I can’t. And neither can you. BUT! We can give glimpses. We can be a window through whom Jesus can be viewed, if ever so slightly, as He loves, as He forgives, as He shows mercy, kindness, goodness, patience, and self-control through us. And, as opportunities arise, perhaps He will use us to be a door through which we can invite someone into a relationship with Him.
Whether we realize it or not, whether we even like it or not, if we know and love Jesus, we’re all windows of opportunity for others to catch a glimpse of Him. We must be more intentional about how we pray, how we live and love, and how sensitive to God and to others we are. So when the Lord prompts us to be a “door” of invitation through whom someone can walk into a new life in Jesus, we’re ready for Him to take over and do what only He can do in and through us to His honor and fame.
Blessings, Ed 😊