The Gate that Leads to True Freedom
On April 7, 2015, the beauty company Dove launched an advertising campaign called “Choose Beautiful” . Representatives from the organization set up campaigns in several countries across the globe. At each conference location, two signs were placed at the entrance of each door; one labeled “Average” and the other “Beautiful”.
The women who attended the campaign were not told the purpose of each entrance, but were given freedom to choose the door they felt most comfortable walking through. A camera crew filmed the entrances to see which doors the women walked through. If you have a chance, check out the three minute video below to see what happened.
Many women stared painfully at each door, struggling to decide which entrance to walk through. Many entered the “Average” door with sheepish looks on their faces, glancing around them to see if anyone noticed that they only viewed themselves as average. Some women chose to walk through the “Beautiful” door. They entered with their heads held high and smiles on their faces, as if saying in their hearts, “Yes, I am beautiful. I can walk through this door!”
Which door would you choose? Would you shyly slip through the “average” door, or confidently stroll through the one labeled “beautiful”? The book of Acts describes a man who experienced a life-changing miracle and joyfully entered a door–a glorious gate called Beautiful.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a crippled man from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. (Acts 3:1-2)
The crippled man saw Peter and John about to enter the gate. With downcast eyes and outstretched hands, he begged for alms.
But Peter looked straight at him. Perhaps he saw this man’s pain. His angst. The sheer disdain for his broken body.
The next words that Peter spoke radically changed the course of this man’s life:
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (vs. 6)
Taking him by the right hand, Peter lifted him up. Instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. Then the man did the unthinkable–he jumped up to his feet and began to walk! He went with Peter and John into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)
Do you sense the indescribable joy in this man’s heart? Can you imagine what it must have felt like to finally walk?
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Finally, after all those years of sitting, he entered the Beautiful gate singing.
Before we met Jesus, we also lived a life of bondage, crippled by shame and guilt. But Jesus strengthened our feeble ankles and gave us a firm place to stand.
We are now clothed in his strength and beauty.
Have you entered the Beautiful gate?
Like the women in the Dove film, two “gates” lay before us. The “average” gate leads us down a path of defeat. It whispers lies of shame and fear, and ushers in self-doubt and condemnation.
But God beckons us to follow him to the gate called Beautiful–the gate of indescribable joy, peace, healing and freedom.God beckons us to enter the gate called Beautiful; the gate of indescribable joy. Click To Tweet
One day, we will enter another gate—a heavenly gate far more beautiful and glorious. The apostle John, who witnessed the miraculous healing of the man at the Beautiful gate, was also given a vision of the gates of the New Jerusalem:
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
What a wondrous picture of the beauty that awaits us! One day our strengthened feet will enter into the precious gates of the Holy City—none of us can begin to fathom what our eyes will behold on the other side!
Our feet will stroll the glimmering street of pure gold, walking, leaping, and praising God forever. Nothing we experience on this earth will ever compare to this kind of glory.
If you are currently struggling with the temporary woes of this world, I pray that you take comfort in the truth that we will one day meet our Savior face to face. The troubles and pain within our broken earthly bodies will be a distant memory.
Until that glorious day, choose Beautiful.
Not the frivolous, fading beauty of this world, but the transforming, life-altering beauty of our Savior.
Choose to wrap yourself in sparkling garments of splendor, to stand on your strengthened feet, and dance your way through the Beautiful gate of healing and freedom!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
What healing are you in need of today? How can I pray for you? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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