The unlocked church door

Psalm 122:1: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

Eagerly, the 9-year old turned the church doorknob, pushed the door open and bounded into the small sanctuary. Sunday’s afternoon sunlight filled the room, exposing hundreds of dust particles in its rays. A slight breeze blew through the open windows.

Basking in the silence, the boy sat down on the rough pews in various sections of the church. First the rear, then the middle. Finally, he sat in the front. This was his peaceful place; this was his sanctuary. So different from the loud arguing and violence that were byproducts of his father’s alcohol addiction, the 2-mile hike to church was well worth the effort.

As he changed pews, the boy talked to God — the God he knew would listen. He couldn’t help but feel that God was his audience of one and that he had His full attention. In a few hours, other worshipers would join him, but right now the place was his own.

Then, his attention turned to the piano. Awkwardly, he tried to pick out the notes to various hymns of the church. One mistake caused him to start over again — after all, it had to be right! Little did he know that God would use music as a key to keep him close to the church and close to Christ — all because of the unlocked church door.

Time has not changed the effect of that door. That door draws the rejected child to the God who rejects no one. That door beckons the man bound by addiction to alcohol, drugs and pornography to freedom that only comes through the Holy Spirit of God. The door calls the abused woman to healing of her body, soul, mind and spirit. The unlocked church door waits for them to push it open.

By the way, the 9-year old boy was me.

• The unlocked church door allows us freedom to worship.

He is here with us (Matthew 18:18-20).

He lives in our praises (Psalm 22:3).

Where He is, there is freedom (II Corinthians 3:17-18).

• The unlocked church door allows us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

We are encouragement to each other as we look forward to His coming. (Hebrews 10:24-25; Proverbs 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

We have the opportunity to serve in a setting that affects the eternity of people (I Corinthians 12:18).

When we fall, the world may give up on us, but we are in a place where restoration is available (Galatians 6:1-2; Romans 15:1).

• The unlocked church allows us access to the peace and security of God’s house.

God’s house is a good place (Psalm 65:4; Psalm 92:13).

God’s house is a better place to be than any other place this world offers (Psalm 84:10; Psalm 135:1-3).

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