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Topic: Enter (02/27/06)
TITLE: Knock, Knock
By Tonya Pope
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Do I know you? If so, you may enter.
There are certain requirements that a person must meet in order to enter into a place. Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven.” So what does it take to get in?
What does it take to get into anyone’s house? You must be known in order to enter. If you went up to the White House and knocked on the door, would President Bush let you in? No, of course not!
Why not? He would not let you in because he doesn’t know you. He doesn’t know your name, and he sure doesn’t have a personal relationship with you.
However, if you went to your mom’s house, you could just walk right on in and act like you own the place. It’s all a matter of relationship.
I know, I know, this verse is talking about a kingdom. But, in order for a foreigner to enter into any country he must be a citizen or at least have a pass. There are certain things he must know before even becoming a citizen of that country. And there are certain qualifications he must meet from his own country before being able to enter another country. Just as there are certain qualifications for any entry you make.
If you enter a car, you must have a key or permission. If you enter a store, you must wear shirt, and shoes, and animals are not allowed to enter with you, and the list goes on.
Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Will you let Him enter your heart? Not if you don’t know Him. Yet many refuse to allow Him to enter. Some may answer the door, but answering the door is not the same as allowing a legal entrance. Jesus will never force His way into your heart. He is a gentleman.
It’s important that we are careful who we let enter our homes, our lives and our hearts. Even Satan will force his way in, if you open up enough to give him a foothold.
When a person enters a room the atmosphere automatically changes. The person doing the entering brings a part of himself to the atmosphere. This is why it is important to have knowledge of what you are allowing to enter. If you do not know who you are letting in, you could be setting yourself up for destruction. Remember, the devil comes as an angel of light.
If a shepherd does not keep a close eye on who enters the sheep gate, the sheep could be in danger. Wolves could enter, undetected, dressed in sheep’s clothing and cause major damage among the flock, even devouring some innocent sheep.
As you can see, an entry is very important to all involved. On one last final note there is an entry that everyone should make: Enter into the joy of the Lord.
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