Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 (KJV)
When we first built our house, we parked our cars at the gate to get out and open it. Then, got back in the car, drove though and parked once more to shut the gate. When I was pregnant with our oldest son, I drove a big Ford Bronco. I came home from work one night tired and drained as only a pregnant woman in her last trimester can be and thinking of a million other things when I parked my car on the street and got out to open the gate, I left the car in reverse instead of park. As the truck rolled backwards, I waddled behind it trying to catch it and put it into park, but before I could, it ran into the neighbor’s drive knocking over their fence and lodging itself against a palm tree. I was unhurt, the truck had minor damages, but husband spent a couple of days fixing the neighbors fence. When my dad heard about it, he hired a company to install an electric gate at our house. He was terrified I might get out, leave the car in reverse again and this time, his grandchild would be inside the car. The gate has a gadget similar to a garage door opener that when pushed activates a swing arm to open the gate. As we added cars and drivers, we had to purchase more. Now, every car in our family has one of these transponders. But, that doesn’t stop people who are going for a walk, run, or bike ride to “steal” one out of someone else’s car that happens to be closer as they walk by. Then, most of the time, they forget to return it back to the car. It ends up in their jacket pocket or backpack, in the garage or kitchen counter. So, the next person who gets in that car drives down to the gate only to discover that their opener is missing. It is very aggravating so each of us guards our “clicker” with care. The other day, youngest son was taking my car somewhere and I was going for a bike ride. We got into a big fight when I went to get his gate opener out of his car. I thought I was doing him a favor leaving mine in my car for him to use, but he did not want me taking his either. It was a silly argument escalated by frustration over some other things. We quickly settled it, but it made me think of how important that opener is to us. Jesus came into this world to provide a similar “gate opener” for heaven. On our own, we do not deserve to spend eternity in heaven for none of us are good enough. But, in giving His life in our place, Jesus provided us with the means to enter in. Unlike our earthly gate openers which we refuse to share, there is more than enough grace for all.