So I went home the other night, put my key in the door and - nothing. 9 p.m. and the lock on my front door is broken. This isn't good.
So I wiggled the key, nothing. I took it in and out. Nothing. Finally, I pushed the key with force, and POP it opened!
I went to Home Depot the next day and was immediately confused. I needed a deadbolt, and there were so many. They did so many things and were very expensive.
So I started looking around and found a doorknob and deadbolt for 1/3 of the price of the other deadbolts.
When I got home, I started to take the deadbolt off the door, and then I realized all I needed to do was replace the lock assembly. It's guts. So I took the lock out, put the new one in, and it fit!
You're thinking that all this talk about opening the door of your heart and life up to others will require a major overhaul of your faith. No.
In Mark 9, Jesus has to deal with the weak faith of his disciples and a demon-possessed boy. The boy's father says, "Have mercy on us and help us if you can." Verse 23: "What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." 24 The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!" (NLT)
It wasn't that the father did have faith; he was just weak and broken. Jesus didn't tell him to go to the Temple and do this or that. He didn't ask him to memorize the book of Numbers and then return when he was done. He just helped the man believe.
Believe that God created you to make a difference in the lives of others. You are a leader to them, a spiritual leader who can help change the destiny of their souls.
Dear Jesus, help me change the lock on my heart. It is broken. AMEN