“When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘ Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from.’” - Luke 13:25
A shut door is a barrier barring the way in or out. When God shuts the door what hope is there of gaining an entrance? He shut the door into Noah’s ark and no one else could gain entry.
In the parable of the ten virgins, waiting for the bridegroom to arrive, only five went into the marriage feast, while five were shut out because they were not prepared.
The scripture above is a somber warning that there will be those who will desire to enter into the kingdom of God and will appeal to be allowed in, but the response is shattering: “I do not know you”.
Our relationship with the Lord must be clear. Do I really know Him, and am I known by Him? Do I have a relationship with Him that is real? When this life is over and I slip into eternity, will I be on the outside or the inside of the door? I want to hear Him to say, “Good and faithful servant enter into the joy of the Lord”.
Resolve today that you will press in close to the heart of God and get to know Him more intimately than you do. And then to be able to say like Paul, the apostle, “That I might know Him in the fellowship of His suffering and the power of His resurrection”.
How well do you know Him? You only get to know people by spending time with them. Spend much time with Jesus in prayer and with Him in His word and built a really intimate relationship. The more you get to know Him the more you will become like Him and there will be no fear and that you will face a door that is wide open.
Dear Lord Jesus I give You praise for the reality of Your love and your presence. Please help me to get to know You better than I know You today. I purpose have a close relationship with You and to make You known to a lost world.