Matthew 7: The Difficult Door
I had a dream. The gist of it was that there was a small, white timber church with a steeple out the front. It could never be mistaken for anything other than a church. The door into the sanctuary though from the vestibule was very narrow and the door was difficult to fold back and open. As somebody who designs homes for a living, I would never have made an entrance that awkward. When I peered in through the door though, there were a lot of joy filled people enjoying being in there and particularly enjoying each other.
The reason I had gone to the door was because there was a guy who was singing in there and his voice was amazing. There was some version of Australia’s Got Talent happening inside. (Hey it was a dream okay?) People out in the street were noticing it and taking attention. I was surprised that this guy was tall and gangly and not particularly good looking. He was not somebody famous nor would he have been somebody that drew a crowd for anything else he could bring to the table. His voice, though, was really quite special.
When I awoke, God started to talk to me about the dream, starting with Matthew 7:14.
14 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Notably, this was the first time God has spoken to me in King James English, so I thought this must really be important.
The entrance to that church sure had been narrow and the gate/door had definitely been ‘strait’ (a word used in reference to a situation that is characterised by a specified degree of trouble or difficulty or a place of limited spatial capacity; narrow or cramped.) We can’t expect that entering through that door will not be without its issues or things to sort out and the solutions won’t always be automatic and obvious. Let’s look at that verse in context.
“13 Enter through the narrow gate because the gate and road that lead to destruction are wide. Many enter through the wide gate. 14 But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.”
He then pointed out to me that the reason that so many people didn’t find it wasn’t because they couldn’t find it, it was because they were busy with other things in their life out on the street. They knew the door was there, but it didn’t even cross most people’s minds to go and have a look through the door. That was for somebody else. This changed when the beautiful singing gave people the motivation to find it. All who earnestly sought after it, found it.
“7 Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
In relation to the context of this blog’s thesis then, it was the Arts that were drawing people to the door and telling the crowd wonderful things about the Kingdom of God. The singer who was facilitating this was gifted and was using his only area of giftedness to usher in the Kingdom.
What areas of giftedness do you have that will motivate people to seek the door to the Kingdom of God?
Ever changing; Thy Kingdom come.
24 “Therefore, everyone who hears what I say and obeys it will be like a wise person who built a house on rock. 25 Rain poured, and floods came. Winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not collapse, because its foundation was on rock.
26 “Everyone who hears what I say but doesn’t obey it will be like a foolish person who built a house on sand. 27 Rain poured, and floods came. Winds blew and struck that house. It collapsed, and the result was a total disaster.”
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