What we see in Romans 5 is that there are two doors opened to us. The first one is the default: the door that Adam opened to the world—the door of sin and death and brokenness. The second door is the one Jesus opened to the world—the door to Jesus’ life in God imparted to us, defined by Scripture as eternal life. Here’s what Paul says about it in Romans:
19 One man’s disobedience opened the door for all humanity to become sinners. So also one man’s obedience opened the door for many to be made perfectly right with God and acceptable to him. (Rom.5:19 TPT*)
What can we make of this? An open door suggests two things to me. First, it means that I can walk through the door and experience what’s on the other side; the second thing it suggests is that it’s my choice whether or not I will walk through the door.
With the door Adam opened, I’m invited to live in a world of fear, separation, sin, and even brokenness. Walking through the door that Jesus opened represents a life of freedom, peace, joy, and wholeness. Again, it represents Jesus’ life in God imparted to whoever will accept His invitation.
But since the world we live in—the “fishbowl” we’re swimming in, if you will—is the one Adam opened up, if I don’t choose to walk through the door the life of Christ offers, I will live in Adam’s world by default. This is true, even if I say I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior. My ministry friend, Jonathan Claussen said something I thought was so profound about this truth…
First, he said,
“Jesus is the Door and the Way, that is true…but the Door and Way to to what?”
Then he followed with this truth bomb:
“The Church today has been dancing at the door, but Jesus is standing there saying, ‘Come in!’ We need to go through the Door because that’s where the Father’s kingdom is.”*
It’s easy to stop and admire Jesus at the door, and that would be a glorious life of worship, in and of itself. I don’t want to minimize that. But the question remains…are we going through the Door where this life is waiting for us?
Beloved, what door are you intentionally walking through? Which opened door more closely represents your life? This is your choice. And it matters because you and I don’t have to live a life of failure and shame and never measuring up to what we know it could be. Jesus offers us His life, as Paul tells just just two verses later in Romans:
21 And just as sin reigned through death, so also this sin-conquering grace will reign as king through righteousness, imparting eternal life through Jesus, our Lord and Messiah! (Rom.5:21 TPT)
But walking through this door means you and I must go through a radical mindset change, for it’s a very different way of living. It means learning how to live according to the power that works in us that’s more than we can even ask or imagine (Eph.3:20). For the alternative is to just keep on living according to our “normal,” according to our own limitations and the way this world thinks and lives.
But you were meant for so much more!
2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (Rom.12:2 TPT)