In John 10:7, Jesus states, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” Jesus uses the metaphor of a door to explain to his disciples that “he is the only way to the Father;” there is no other way for man to find salvation apart from entering through this door. So is the gospel simply a door?
I find that many Christians treat the gospel as a door. They felt a one-time need for access into the kingdom, and now they have no need to approach the door again. This fact begs the questions: Why do they take the riches of the gospel and dwindle it down to nothing more than an access point? Do they lack a desire to know the greatness of the power of God? Where are they headed that will be more satisfying than God?
As Christians, we need to better understand the fullness and richness of the gospel and how it applies to our everyday life. The gospel is not a door but the very lifeblood of every Christian. By it, we are enlightened to the mystery and transcendent truth of our God. The Bible calls the gospel message ‘the power of God’ (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18) and in Ephesians 1:19, we are reminded to know “what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” So as Christians, we must strive constantly to learn more of His surpassing greatness.
I know of no better way to learn this than by applying the gospel message to my life daily. Step one is realizing that the gospel is not merely a door.