Monday, March 09, 2009

The locked door

Today’s Reading: John 20:26 (NIV)

26 A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

Good morning!

A locked door can be a very frustrating thing. Have you ever locked your car keys inside the car? Before the inception of keyless entry, I managed to lock my keys in the car a few times and, if I couldn’t reach Jeff, I’d have to pay $100 to have a locksmith meet me in the parking lot to help unlock that car door. The last time I locked my keys in the car, I was on the grocery store parking lot and I accidentally dropped my keys in the trunk just as I had finished loading groceries. I shut the trunk lid before I realized they had fallen out of my hand. My cell phone was locked in the front seat along with my wallet, and the keys were in the trunk. The store manager, feeling very sorry for me, allowed me to call my husband on his store phone. Jeff was not available, but he called our car dealership and the salesman who sold us the car came to the parking lot with a master key and unlocked my trunk for me. I am forever grateful to the people God has placed in my life who have helped to unlock my locked doors.

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to finish college. The timing to go back to school just never seemed quite right – I married young, and before I knew it, God had blessed us with children. I thought I might try to go back to school after the children were in elementary school, but the after-school activities and weekend sporting events kept my dream locked behind a closed door. I finally made the decision to try and return to college when my children were in upper elementary and junior high school. My very first college class was a 3-hour English class taken at a local community college. The professor was so supportive and seemed to genuinely care about my desire to further my education. His encouragement helped me unlock the door to continued learning and moved me closer toward the completion of that college degree. I confess I was the longest living freshman alive! I would take one 3-hour class in the spring and one 3-hour class in the fall. I did this for almost eight years, while my children finished their educations, moved out, and eventually got married. I promised myself that when our son David finished his education, I would go back to school full-time. The same day David left community college and enlisted in the military, I applied for a student loan and made application to enroll full-time at Lindenwood University.

All of us struggle with locked doors in life: not just physical doors, like car doors, or the door to higher education, or the door to promotion at work. We struggle to unlock the doors that free us from wrong thoughts and decisions. We want to rid ourselves of the things that keep us from living life to its fullest, like addictions, compulsions, sickness, fatigue, and bad attitudes. Sometimes sin feels like it is a revolving door with no exit – one way in and no way out. This is exactly why Jesus arose! He holds the master key to freedom with a capital F. When we are free in Christ, we are free indeed – free from the things that have separated us from a perfect and holy Father. He unlocks the door between our sin and God’s salvation once and for all.

The disciples were surprised that day when Jesus walked right through the locked door stood next to them. Jesus holds the master key; He can unlock the locked doors of your life. Are you willing and ready to walk through? Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ; trust in Him today. The doors that you thought would never open will be unlocked through the power of His amazing grace and mercy.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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