I Am: The Door • Devotion #1: Murphy Door

There are all types of doors. There are hinged doors, pocket doors, roller doors, bifold doors, sliding doors, pivot doors, and French doors. Dutch doors remind me of the barn where you want to keep the bottom half of the door closed while opening the top half. I recently had a friend refer to a Murphy door. I was not sure what it was. It is a door that looks like a bookcase. It is a hidden door. I like that idea.

In John 10:7-9, Jesus describes His actions by using an object lesson. It reads, “So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came 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.’” Twice Jesus said, “I am the door.”

Jesus was describing Himself as a shepherd. The crowd knew what a shepherd did at night. He would get all his sheep in the pen (often made of rocks) and then he would lay across the opening (doorway). His job was to keep the sheep from wandering and to keep predators outside of the pen and away from his sheep.

No matter what kind of door you have, it serves two purposes.

First, the door keeps something inside. I remember my dad reminding me to close the door to keep the heat or cool inside the house. I was reminded that we were not the Rockefellers. The shepherd wanted to keep his sheep safe and inside the pen. 

Second, the door is meant to keep something or someone out of the house or room. It allows for safety for those on the inside. The shepherd was a “wall” of protection for his sheep.

Jesus is the door. He is always with us. He provides and protects. He is willing (and did) lay down His life for His sheep. 

John 10:27-30 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Thank Jesus for guarding you from the evil one. Follow Him as He leads you to green pastures and still waters. 

The Murphy door may be beneficial in hiding a special room, but Jesus has made the way to the Father known to all who are willing to listen. How to get to that place is no secret. It is found in the Good News of Jesus.

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