Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gathering in Christ

John 10:9
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:9 is a picture of the life we are to live as God’s children -- entering in by our Lord, who is the Door, not once for all, but every day, for everything. Is there trouble in the physical domain? Enter in by the Door and be saved. Entering in, in the name of Jesus, is not the condition of daily salvation from sin only, but a salvation that keeps us manifestly the Lord’s sheep.

In the East, it is the body of the shepherd himself that is the door of the fold. We are apt to have the idea that salvation is a kind of watertight compartment, and if we enter in, all our liberty will be destroyed. That is not our Lord’s conception; He says “he shall go in and go out.” Are we entering in by the Door for our daily work or only at a devotional meeting? The going in and out is our Lord’s picture of the freedom of a son. A servant cannot go in and go out as he likes, but Jesus says, “No longer do I call you servants… but I have called you friends.” Nothing is closed to you once you enter in by the Door.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 148 (5/28)
From God’s Workmanship

This photograph  is by Jo Chaney.

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