Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog. It’s day two of the quick lab series Life of LAB, and today’s LAB is titled Key vs. Gate. We begin right away with scripture.
In John 10:1, Jesus says “Anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
In John 10:7-10, he continues, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers.” … I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. …I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
I find we go through life searching for keys. Some of us carry many, some just a trusted few; others a single one. We walk, we run, we climb; we add, we subtract, and in the end we reach the gate.
Picture this: You have your key. It’s bright and shining; it’s been polished and cut more than once. It’s proven to be a vital one. It’s gotten you through rough spots. It’s worked in doors you’ve never imagined. It’s a knowing, a piece of wisdom that fell on you and you’ve never let it go. Now you’ve come to the gate, and there’s nowhere to insert your key. The gate is like no door you’ve ever met, and it’s like no challenge you’ve been met with. The gate is not impressed with your wisdom; it’s not awaiting your story of how you arrived before it. The gate is tall. The gate is all wisdom. The gate is also all-knowing, and remembers the whole story, but the gate does not mention any of it. The gate speaks, and yet it is silent. You push on the gate and it doesn’t move. You shake the gate, but it is still. You cry out to the gate and it appears for a moment, the ground shook, but it’s quiet again. You decide to get on your knees and pray. There’s thunder. There’s rain, and a line is forming behind you. A few souls who did not subtract enough, showed up with their watches on their wrists. They’re tapping on them, and it’s making a tick tock sound. Your heart is racing. You look on your key which is now lying on the ground in front of you, and you now wish you’d brought another. It was dark when you arrived; now you can see the first burst of light. You look behind you, and you’re met with a simple shrug. Whatever the other man knows, he’s keeping it for his turn. You pound at the gate; you turn your back, and prepare to go back to the lab. But just before you take the first step, you shake your head, and you utter the word, Jesus. There’s no thunder. There’s no rain. Nothing’s shaking, but the gate is opening. And at last, the gate begins to speak, it responds, “I am the gate.”
There are many keys. They get us through our lives. They help us on our jobs, with our kids, and in times of difficulties. Some we pick up on the road. Some are handed down. Others we take from the Word of God, but the gate is simple. The gate requires to be known. It leaves no key hole and it reserves its words for the moment you come to terms. Then comes life abundantly; a life of coming in and going out, and not one where you are locked in or out. It’s a time of joy and freedom and understanding. And it’s available now.
For the one who enters the sheep pen by the gate, there is no thief who can steal, kill, or destroy. For the one who enters the sheep pen by the gate, there is no limit to what you can become. For the one who enters the sheep pen by the gate, we accept an eternal breath of life. We take this breath, we share this breath, and all the riches of God’s glory is added unto us.
Thank you for joining Life of LAB 2018. I hope you’ll tell someone about the series. More importantly, I wait for the moment that you say to someone… “Picture this.”
Remember to go within that you may never go without. The God within you awaits you. Until our paths collide again, I wish you... Peace, Love, Life, and Complete Wholeness in Christ.
NaTisha Renee Williams