A party of friends once went to visit an old church building, which because of its antiquity, aroused the interest of tourists. When they sought admittance, the caretaker told them, "You can go right in and I'll come shortly and show you the interesting features." The group went to the door. Someone tried to turn the key to gain entrance, but was unable to do so. Several others tried their hands but did not succeed. When they were about ready to give up, the man in charge returned: "Oh, I beg your pardon," said the sexton, "I quite forgot to tell you that the door is not locked at all. All you need to do is lift the latch and you can walk right in."

A great many people are like those frustrated tourists. Desperately, they try to gain entrance into the fold of God, but all their strenuous self-efforts do not avail and are a waste of time. Salvation is all of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). No one is ever saved by works; otherwise, he would boast about it. By faith, we receive salvation as a gift (Romans 6:23) as we receive Christ, the blessed Door to all God's blessings (John 10:7).

Read it for yourself:
Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."

Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

John 10:7: "Then Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep."

Faith, however, does not save anyone. Faith brings a person to the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Savior. Faith means trust to the point of action. Sit down in a chair. Then take your feet off the floor and hold them out in front of you. Put your feet down. You just demonstrated faith. As you rested your weight on the chair, rest your weight on the Lord Jesus. Believe means trusting Him, not just having an intellectual knowledge about Him.

Question: Where were you when you trusted Christ?
I know where I was—in a tent revival meeting in White Pine, Tennessee. After the preacher shared the gospel, he extended an invitation. An elderly friend of our family, Mr. Templin, asked if I wanted to become a Christian. Under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, I said, "Yes, but I don't know what to do." In simple terms, he explained the Gospel—the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth. He died on the Cross shedding His blood for our sins and by trusting Him, a person can be saved. I was six days away from my thirteenth birthday when I trusted Jesus and my life was changed forever. The joy was so pervasive that I hardly remember my feet touching the ground as I walked home!

If you cannot answer the question definitely and positively, you need to put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ now. If you have the faith to turn to Him, that is all the faith you need. Let God in today and experience the joys of salvation. The Door is unlocked! Trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is life's most important decision!

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