John 10:9-10 – I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)
The instructions were to travel seven miles out of town on Highway 300, go past the Glasgow road sign, and turn into the gate on the right. I had come seven miles, had passed the road sign, and was on a four-lane highway in an area lined with pine forest. Yes, there were gates — several of them. The only distinguishing identification was found in the markers with the assigned civic address numbers stuck into the roadside grass about three feet off the ground. I did not have my party's gate number, so I was lost. Thanks to modern technology, my cell phone allowed me to call my hostess, who quickly gave me her number. I chose the right gate and was soon headed down a private woodland road into a literal paradise.
This incident reminded me of Jesus' words, "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved." Like the gates on the highway, there are many different ones from which we can make our choice. Only the gate to Jesus will lead us into the paradise for which we are looking. It is so important to choose the right one.
Sometimes, we need a little help from others to find the right gate. My problems were solved when I was given the right number. We can be of help to others in pointing out the right directions to the gate where Jesus is. Just a few words or an arm pointed in the right direction can make all the difference in which gate is chosen.
Prayer: Lord, we know You are the gate to life eternal. Once we find You, we can come in and go out and find pasture in the paradise You offer us. Use us to point others to the right gate that leads to You. Amen.