July 16, 2018 by Amy Shatrick
I’m pretty sure my husband has had it with me. Well, for the moment anyway. After twenty years, three children, four cats, three dogs, and nine-plus years of homeschooling, we have decided to undertake some home repairs and renovations. This project is much-needed and appreciated, but the multitude of decisions has me running around like a headless chicken. While my husband enjoys chicken as a food, he does not want to be married to one, and definitely not a crazy one.
Let me just get real here: I stink at making choices, especially when I have a multitude of options. You should see me with a restaurant menu. Oh, how many times my man has almost starved to death waiting for me to decide where I want to eat, let alone what to order once we get there. I have taken to looking at menus online before we go so that the poor man’s blood sugar does not drop to life-threatening lows. The menu thing might be annoying, but it is nothing compared to suffering through my angst at picking out flooring, tile, paint, countertops, cabinets, and hardware. The options are endless! Just call me Elsa, because I am frozen.
One of the last items on our list of decisions was a front door. Now you would think that it is pretty cut and dry, right? Nope. Let me give you a snippet of what I had to choose from. Would you a like steel, wood, or fiberglass door? If you want wood doors, would you like cheap or expensive? Do you need a storm door with that? What kind of hardware would you like? And my favorite question: what color would you like? Don’t even get me started. I couldn’t believe the number of choices. When I typed “front doors” into the local box store search bar, it came back with 4,181 options. While I am grateful to have the luxury of getting a new door, I am stumped by the number of choices. I am thankful for my brother (the contractor) and my husband (the happy shopper) who can give me advice while lighting a fire under me. Without them our home might remain doorless.
I can get riled up and confused with any situation where important decisions and choices need to be made. The responsibility that comes with decision-making can feel burdensome and sometimes frightening. I am so thankful that The Creator of the Universe made one decision really clear. In John 10:7-10 we read, “So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I Am the Door of the Sheep. All who come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I Am The Door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.'”
Unlike my 4,181 door choices, there is only one choice for a Savior. There is only one person who can sufficiently deal with my sin. His name is Jesus. In Acts 4:12 Peter declares, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus himself brings us back to the door theme when he reminds us, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Do you see the short list of options we truly have? How many world religions make claims like the claims Jesus is making here? The answer is none. He is emphatically stating that He is the only choice, the only door to walk through. I’m feeling the tension leave my body just thinking about the decision I made, and am making daily, to follow Jesus.
I finally chose my new door, and it is lovely. It was a good decision made with wise counsel and a bit of prodding. I am happy with it.
Better yet, I am contented and joyful that I chose a Savior. His name is Jesus, and He wants to be your choice as well. Will you pray with me?
Father in Heaven,
Your Word says in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Will you help the person reading this to understand that you came to earth to make a way of restoration for a lost world and people? Will you open their hearts to hear what you are saying about eternal life? Father, I ask that you bless the reader with a deep hunger for Truth. Your Truth.
In Jesus’s Name, I ask,