I Stand by the Door

I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. –John 10:9 RSV

Sam Shoemaker spent his life helping people find new life and meaning in Jesus Christ. He had a special love for those who had never made a commitment to Jesus Christ. One day, he sat down to write his philosophy of life, and he penned this work of prose:

I stand by the door. I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out. The door is the most important door in the world- It is the door through which men walk when they find God. There’s no use my going way inside, and staying there, When so many are still outside and they, as much as I, Crave to know where the door is. And all that so many ever find is only the wall where a door ought to be. They creep along the wall like blind men, with outstretched, groping hands. Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door, yet they never find it… So I stand by the door. The most tremendous thing in the world is for men to find that door-the door to God.*

Do you know someone who needs to be introduced to the new life that Jesus Christ offers? Maybe you are the one to introduce them to your Lord. Since I know that in Christ people can find new life, why am I so shy about introducing them to the source of new life? If I really love them, I’ll give them the same opportunity to come in the door and meet the Master that I have had. How about you? Is it time to hang around the door and make some introductions?

1. Who do you know who needs to be introduced to Jesus Christ? What’s keeping you from helping them out?

2. Reread Sam Shoemaker’s thoughts and then pray for an opportunity to do some introducing!

Acts 3:1-10

* Helen Smith Shoemaker, I Stand By The Door (Waco: Word, 1978), preface.

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve and Matt, and Andy; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

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