Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it. (Luke 17:33)
When I was 16, I had a t-shirt that said “Get a life” on the front with the scripture reference for Revelation 3:20 posted underneath. That scripture has always stuck with me. Revelation 3:20 states “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.”
Jesus, the Son of God, is standing at your door! He wants a personal and eternal relationship with you. He wants to make you a Man after God’s own heart. If you have never opened up that door, I implore you to speak with your father or pastor and ask them how to open the door of your life to Jesus.
Just the idea of this should put you in awe. Jesus, the son of the one who created the universe, is standing at your door, knocking, asking to be your friend.
Once you’ve opened the door and let Jesus into your life, a second door is presented to you. Although this second door is just as available, it’s one that rarely gets used. This door requires you to commit your life to your new friend’s father, God.
Let me step aside for a moment. Imagine for a second there was somebody in your community that was very important, very powerful, and very rich. Now imagine that this powerful and rich person’s son was your best friend. One day, you’re best friend’s father asks you to work for him. The benefits would be awesome, the pay extraordinary, and as long as you stayed committed, you would never be fired.
Sounds pretty good, right? The second door is, in all honesty, just as simple a decision, but the commitment can be scary.
The second door requires you to be fully committed to God. 2 Chronicles tells us that the eyes of God “run back and forth throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Ch 16:9). Once you’ve committed yourself to God and make yourself willing to do everything he wants, you will be on your way to becoming a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
While we’re on the topic of doors, let me get back to the literal for just a second. There’s a very good reason why a man will stand up and open a door for a lady, an elder, or even a child. And let me tell you, the movies, books, television, and everything else you’ve heard about opening doors, in my opinion, are all wrong!
As you’re aspiring to be a man, you’ll no doubt want to start opening doors for others. At least, I hope so. When you choose to open the door, whether it be for the girl you’re taking to the movies or your mom when she comes home from the grocery store, you should be doing more than simply being a polite gentleman… Lots more!
If we lived in a perfect world without sin, without danger, opening the door would be just a simple polite gesture. The problem is, we do not live in a world without sin and there is danger lurking all around us. We’ve got to contend with dangerous animals, foul weather, criminal activity, and even the devil himself. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
The Bible tells us many times over, in a variety circumstances, to “STAY ALERT!” When you open the door for another person, you should do so with vigilance. How do you open the door with vigilance? Look through the doorway to the other side. Analyze the situation. Respond appropriately.
If you open the door for your mom and notice it’s raining outside, don’t just whisk her out the door, stop and get an umbrella. Protect her as she leaves. If you open the door and see a hungry lion outside, don’t let your mom become the lion’s next meal. If you open the door to the bank and see a man with a gun at the register, don’t blindly escort your mom into harm’s way, push her away and tell her to “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!”
You might have noticed at this point that by choosing to open the door, you are choosing to accept the dangers on the other side of the door. Welcome to the first door of manhood. I don’t care if your mom, girlfriend, or sister is a black belt in martial arts, protection becomes your responsibility as a man… for the rest of your life. Get used to it.