"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber." NIV
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." KJV
Jesus Christ is the gate to the sheep pen, the door to eternal life. Many who call themselves Christians try to earn the eternal reward of heaven by engaging in certain rituals and traditions. Even more dangerous are those who know Jesus Christ is the only way, but they busy themselves in great ministries, church work, and 'Christian' activities to the point these things become their love. They have turned their faith from Jesus Christ alone, to their Christian lives. We should be putting feet to our faith by doing good works, but if we are doing these good works for the wrong reason, we are bypassing the true Door and are climbing in by our own spiritual sense of well being for the 'work' we have done.
Heavenly Father, please forgive us if we have shifted our faith and love for You into the things we do for You. Give us wisdom to recognize when we get our motives wrong and help us keep our faith in the true Door. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC