“My solemn word is this: I am the Sheepgate.” —John 10:7
Jesus is not only the Good Shepherd (Jn 10:11); He is also the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29) and even the Sheepgate. Don’t marry anyone who tries to enter your life apart from Jesus through mere friendship or sexual attraction. Don’t let people into your life just because of business or money. TV personalities, athletes, and entertainers have a major influence in millions of people’s lives, but have they entered through the Sheepgate, Jesus? “Whoever does not enter the sheepfold through the gate but climbs in some other way is a thief and a marauder” (Jn 10:1).
Not only are others trying to enter our lives, but we are entering their lives and worlds. Jesus promises: “I am the Gate. Whoever enters through Me will be safe. He will go in and out, and find pasture” (Jn 10:9). Whatever you get into, make sure it’s Jesus’ idea. Live in, with, and through Jesus. Then you will be safe rather than hurt, fed rather than drained. If we enter things through our pride, desires, intellect, or selfishness, we will be ripped off, slaughtered, and destroyed (Jn 10:10). If we make Jesus our only Gate, our only Way (Jn 14:6), we will have the fullness of life (Jn 10:10). Jesus is the Through-Way.
Prayer: Father, draw me so close to Your Son Jesus that nothing I desire would ever distract me from His love.
Promise: “God has granted life-giving repentance even to the Gentiles.” —Acts 11:18
Praise: Every day, Rosemary prays that someone in her family will be called to the religious life.
Reference: (For help to “remain in Jesus,” read the Bible daily. For encouragement, order, listen to, or download any or all of the following CDs or DVDs on our website: Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ, CD 82-1, DVD 82; How to Pray the Bible, CD 82-3, DVD 82; How to Read the Bible, CD 46-3, DVD 46; Principles of Bible Interpretation, CD 79-1, DVD 79.)
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