The open door

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!

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)

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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5 Responses to The open door

  1. James H. says:

    “The church today has been dancing at the door…”

    Love it! This describes exactly what the church has been doing.

  2. “The church today has been dancing at the door…”. Yes! Amen. That is well said. Well, we aren’t actually “dancing,” dancing is probably sin! Also, we have to get up and actually move, so scratch that idea.

    The doorway reminds me a lot of the back of the wardrobe in Narnia. They jump in the wardrobe to hide and that’s where they would have stayed, if they hadn’t stumbled through the end of it and landed in Narnia.

    I have a lot of people around me who struggle with the idea of having to choose in life. We have to choose which door we’re going to walk through, we have to choose what mindset we’re going to have. I think you said, “Beloved, what door are you intentionally walking through?” That’s it exactly. I love it when people remind me of what my intentionality is going to be. I once yelled at us, at the whole town for being bovine, just resigned and complacent. They paid me back by making the town motto “it is what it is, we are what we are.” Nonsense, we are what God says we are, and what we are is so much more than what we see with our own eyes. 🙂

    • Mel Wild says:

      “Nonsense, we are what God says we are, and what we are is so much more than what we see with our own eyes.”

      Amen! Well said. The sad reality is, we’re always making a choice, it’s just not the one that’s best for us. When we don’t choose we’re choosing the stay the same, which is a form of insanity if we’re expecting different results. But Jesus offers us so much more! More than we can ask or even imagine, which would actually make the bovine dance and celebrate if they ever experienced it!

  3. Nick says:

    “… I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” – Morpheus

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