Access Restricted

Doors . . . they are everywhere. If you take a look around you even as you read this, you can probably count more than one. And if you decide to take inventory of the building you are in right now, they may be so many. Doors are portals or in simpler terms entry points into a place. They allow for entrance as well as exit OR even more importantly (in some cases) bar entrance or exit.

 

Doors . . . they are not all the same. Some open automatically as you approach them, signifying that everyone has access. Some have locks and to gain entrance, one must possess the key or perhaps an access code. Some others are not only locked but also manned by people (sometimes armed) who request some form of identification from anyone desiring access. The level of restriction on a door is a function of the content of the place it serves as a portal to. The higher the value that’s placed on the things or people in a space, the more restricted the access through the door to it. Doors that are intentionally fortified are not just to restrict access to guard against theft and/or damage, but to also ensure that undesirable elements do not invade and occupy.

Doors . . . they are not always physical. They are used to symbolize an entrance. Our hearts have doors. The heart is a spiritual place that houses our identity, purpose, vision, life goals/dreams, values, outlook to life, and so on - all embedded in God’s Spirit and Word. Many other things continually try to gain access to our hearts - seeking to steal our joy and peace; to wreck our faith and confidence in Christ; and to plant such seeds as doubt, jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, permissiveness,  among others - deceiving us and lowering the standard of God for godly character and daily living as Christians. Knowing this, how heavily guarded is your heart?

In a nutshell: The value we place on the life, love, word and Spirit of God within us will determine how much we fortify and guard the door of our heart. It should not be easily accessible by all things - heard, seen, spoken, read, or thought  . . . or all people! What you give access to ultimately determines the outcome of your life.

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. [Proverbs 4:20-23; NIV]

7 If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” [Genesis 4:7; Amplified]

To do: Assess yourself. What are you watching (TV programmes, movies, social media), reading (novels, magazines, blogs, social media), listening to (people, music, etc.) and saying (conversations)? Who are you interacting with most? Assess yourself. How much attention and what priority are you giving to God’s word, prayer, worship, obedience, building godly character?

Olihe Okoro
Author: Olihe Okoro
Olihe Okoro is a teacher and writer. She loves God's word and believes wholly in it as the road map for effective Christian living. She is happily married and the mother of three beautiful children.
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