You have a thief. His purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy you. He is waiting outside, watching your every move. Like a black wolf with vicious white teeth, he paces around the courtyard of your life.
C. S. Lewis, in his book The Screwtape Letters, writes a fictional story illustrating how two demons, Wormwood and his uncle Screwtape, seek to destroy a Christian. They strategize and discuss the best ways to derail the believer’s spiritual growth. Wormwood and Screwtape seek to steal, kill, and destroy.
As we approach Halloween, we will see ghosts and goblins make their annual appearance in storefronts. But the Bible explains there is a real spiritual battle raging against good and evil. The devil seeks to steal, kill, and destroy.
In his gospel, John answers the question, “Who Is Jesus?” He says Jesus is the door that protects His flock against the thief. The thief must encounter Jesus before trying to get at His sheep. Jesus is the door that guards against intrusion.
So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly (John 10:7-10 NET)
Whereas the thief seeks to destroy, the door gives life. Those of us who believe Jesus saved us from the penalty our sin incurred find true life. We pass from spiritual death to new life in Him.
As we reflect on Jesus as the door, do you find yourself outside and alone? If so, He invites you inside. All you need to do is knock.
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