unlock_the_doorIt was hot, muggy and wet Friday afternoon. I had been counseling teenagers all day and was drained and exhausted. All I wanted to do was come home, chill and watch a documentary on birds (hey, don’t judge).

As I—with both arms full of stuff—awkwardly inserted my key in the front door lock, I quickly realized that it wasn’t opening, so without thinking to try the knob I pulled my keys out and safely put them back in my pocket. I let out an exasperated sigh as I trudged—now very wet—to the back door, but that door wouldn’t budge either. Our home is more than 114 years old and naturally stuff doesn’t always work like it should—but the locks were installed in 2010!

As I stood there on my back porch, wet, tired and frustrated, I threw up a quick prayer for God’s guidance and wisdom to help me solve this problem. As quickly as that He answered with “call your wife.” I immediately obeyed and when I told her about my problem, I was welcomed with raucous laughter. After she composed herself she informed me that my daughter hadn’t locked the front door at all—and that’s why our lock wouldn’t “open.” I laughed out loud as I realized that I had been trying to unlock an already unlocked door.

Turn the Knob

Sure enough as I returned to the front door, I gave the doorknob a gentle turn and the door willingly swung open. As I entered my home I continued laughing out loud and thanking God for the fact that my daughter had already done all the work for me—all I had to do was turn the knob and enter in.

There are many people in this world who are working real hard to try to gain their own salvation, but a long time ago Jesus took care of that for all of us—on the cross and in the tomb (John 3:16-18).

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Make a point to tell Jesus “thank you” for loving you enough to ensure that you can have a forever relationship with Him. Jesus lived a perfect life that we could never live, died a death that was supposed to be ours and sealed the whole deal when He rose from the dead.

Jesus has already unlocked the door for us—all we have to do is open it and go in.