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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)

TITLE: My Gate I Call Beautiful
By Donna Wilson
11/13/05


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The beggar sat at the entrance of the temple gate called Beautiful. I was like a beggar before I came to Jesus. Just like this beggar, I would watch people going in and out of the temple but instead of a temple, it was a church. That is all I could do-watch. Maybe, from time to time, they would throw a glance my way or give me a few “coins.” Only in my case, it was not coins that they would throw, but maybe an invitation or two to church or Sunday school.

It was because of these frequent invitations that I kept hearing about Jesus as I was growing up. The day came when I became hungry enough that I wanted to seek him on my own. I did not have to go far to find him. I think that he must have been there all the time and he was just waiting for me to call out to him. Now I sit at his feet in ‘awe.’ He was my gate to God, the Father, back then. He is still my gate. He is the gate to everything that is precious to me. He is my gate that I call Beautiful.

Mary was sitting at this same gate when she sat at Jesus’ feet listening to his words and captivated by what he was saying. In fact, she got so absorbed in what he had to say she had even forgotten her household duties. When her sister complained to their guest, she probably expected a rebuke from Jesus. Therefore, I imagine that she was just as surprised as anyone when she heard his reply.

The following is how one translation records it. “Martha, Martha,”’ the Lord answered, ‘“you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her”’ (Luke 10:42 NIV.)

If you will choose to drop what you are doing for a while and just be still. If you will sit at his feet and listen intently, you, too, will be like Mary. You will have chosen the better part.

You will also be like the beggar who was sitting at the entrance of the temple when Peter and John went by. He was sitting there when he heard the words that changed his life forever. These were the very words that made him stand up and walk. I venture to say that he never forgot those words and he cherished them for the rest of his life.

I will not ever forget Jesus’ words to me. They are the reason that I breathe. They are the life within me. They give me life, and purpose. If you will listen to him and heed what he says, you too, will be sitting at this gate. You will be sitting at my gate. My gate I call Beautiful.

(If you want to read the story of the beggar at the gate, you can find it in
Acts 3:1-8.)


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