I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “I have an open door policy.”
Usually it’s a leader trying to encourage openness and transparency in his/her team.
It’s a nice way to say I’m accessible, you can talk with me anytime.
Stacey and I have some friends who live by this principle quite literally.
As long as we’ve known them, whenever they have people over their front door is always opened.
Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I went to their house and the front door was closed.
Open doors are inviting.
They communicate important truths to your guests:
- We’ve been expecting you
- You are welcome here
- Don’t stay outside, please come in
Jesus lived with an open door policy.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11.28-30, MSG)
Also, maybe a stretch here, but I really like this from the book of Revelation:
“I have opened a door for you that no one can close.” (Revelation 3.8, NLT)
When it comes to building a relationship with / following Jesus, His door is ALWAYS opened.
As people who have been extended Grace, we must live our lives the same way.