‘I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture’, John Ch 10 v 9.
I was awakened early recently by the raucous sound of some crows having what sounded like an argument on the roof of my house. As I lay in bed listening to the racket above me I recalled an incident which happened quite a few years ago.
For several years I kept hens in a hen house and pen at one end of my garden. One afternoon while about to enter the hen house I was stopped in my tracks by the sound of something rolling down the tin roof above me. Looking up I was surprised to find that the falling object was an egg, which appeared to have been dropped by a crow that was now hurriedly flying away from the scene. Wondering where it had got the egg I decided to keep a discreet watch on the hen house.
A Way In
The next morning I spotted two crows perched on the topmost branches of a nearby tree. After a while they flew on to the roof of the hen’s abode and disappeared down behind it.
Quietly I opened the door to the pen to see one crow making its way to a small hole in the back wall, carrying an egg speared on its beak. The other crow could be seen already disappearing out through the hole, presumably it too carrying an egg.
Not only had the crows found a daily supply of fresh eggs but they had found a way to get to them.
Friends, there is a way which leads, not only to a constant supply of food for our souls, but to ‘a place of refuge,’ Proverbs 14 v26, that is both temporal and eternal. Have you and I found it?
I am the Door
A thorough search revealed that the way into the henhouse that the crows had discovered was the only way through which they could have gone. Over the next few days I noticed that the crows flew to the henhouse by different routes but now that I had closed their doorway it was all to no avail.
People use many routes in their efforts to find eternal peace but these routes will be of no avail if they do not lead to Jesus who alone is ‘the way the truth and the life,’ John 14 v6, for ‘no man cometh unto the father,’ John 14 v6, except by Him.
An Open Door
What route are you following to take you to everlasting life? Is it the route of dependence upon your own good works? The Bible tells us that Salvation is obtained ‘Not of works, lest any man should boast,’ Ephesians 2 v9, for it is ‘the gift of God,’ Ephesians 2 v8. It also tells us quite simply that the only way to find salvation is through Jesus Christ who said ‘I am the door: by me if any man shall enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture,’ John 10 v9.
Dear reader, God has provided for us ‘an open door and no man can shut it,’ Revelation 3 v8. If you have not yet found salvation by passing through that door do not delay. The day may come when, like the door closed to the crows by me, you will find that, with the passing of life, the door to salvation and eternal life has been closed for ever.
What can you expect to find on the other side of that door?
Benefits of salvation
The crows had found a never ending supply of nutritious food on the other side of the door they had found into the hen run. I believe that they were in the habit of constantly going in and out of the run to feed on the rich supply of eggs they had found there.
By faithfully reading the Word of God we have access to a rich ‘pasture,’ John 10 v9, where we can daily feed on ‘the finest of the wheat,’ Psalm 81 v16. May we find that a childlike trust and commitment to Jesus provides us with a constant supply of ‘grace to help in time of need,’ Hebrews 4 v16.
I think, too that, while the crows had access to my henhouse, they may well have also found a place where they could shelter peacefully from stormy weather.
Are you and I able to say, like David the psalmist, that God ‘hast been a shelter for me,’ Psalm 61 v3. Do we firmly believe Jesus promise to His people ‘I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand,’ John 10 v28.
May we find that faith in Jesus Christ, who is the door that leads to everlasting life, has provided us with access to a place of shelter which will be ’as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast’, Hebrews 6 v19, all the days of our life and throughout eternity.