I alone am the door.
By means of me
If anyone enters
He shall be saved
And shall go in and shall go out
And shall find food.
The thief does not come
Except to steal and to kill and to destroy.
I alone came in order that they
Might be possessing life
And that they might be
Possessing it in superabundance.
I alone am the shepherd
The good one.
The good one
Lays down his life on behalf of
And instead of the sheep.
-John 10:8-11 (Wuest’s translation of The New Testament)
When you read the words attributed to the Lord, do you read them in the present tense, as applicable to you? Do you read them only in ‘historical context’, allowing that to be your overriding method of interpretation? Do you extrapolate the general meaning of His words and philosophize how the ‘theology’ behind His words has evolved into something entirely different for this generation? Do you even read just what He said for its own sake anymore?
If you decide to completely redecorate a room, you have to empty it of all the furniture, take off any fittings, strip off wallpaper and/or wash the walls with special cleaners, so that new paint or wallpaper will adhere properly. When you reassemble the room for use again, you will usually first put in the basic elements, which you will later dress with complimentary items. Often times you will find that so much of the stuff you had in the old room was junk that you have to pitch it, especially if you really want to enjoy the beauty of the simplicity of the basic elements.
Perhaps 2014 is a good year to empty your ‘spiritual room’ and really take a look at what you have in it. Perhaps it is a good year to get back to the basic elements that frame and support your ‘spiritual’ life. Perhaps you need reminding of the words of the Lord – those which are usually buried under piles of junk that you have collected over the years. 2014 is a great year to strip things down and get back to basics.
The Lord is coming!