Evening, June 15, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Who opens and no one will shut.” — Revelation 3:7

Jesus is the keeper of the gates of paradise and he sets an open door before every believing soul, which no man or devil shall be able to close against it. What joy it will be to find that faith in him is the golden key to the everlasting doors. My soul, do you carry this key in your heart, or are you trusting to some deceitful lockpick, which will fail you at last? Hear this parable of the preacher, and remember it. The great King has made a banquet, and he has proclaimed to all the world that none shall enter but those who bring with them the fairest flower that blooms. The spirits of men advance to the gate by thousands, and they bring each one the flower which he esteems the queen of the garden; but in crowds they are driven from the royal presence, and fail to enter into the festive halls. Some bear in their hand the deadly nightshade of superstition, or the flaunting poppies of dead religion, or the hemlock of self-righteousness, but these are not dear to the King; the bearers of such are shut out of the pearly gates. My soul, have you gathered the rose of Sharon? Do you wear the lily of the valley in your heart constantly? If so, when you come up to the gates of heaven you will know its value, for you have only to show this, the choicest of flowers, and the Porter will open: he will not deny you admission even for a moment, for the Porter always opens to that rose. With the rose of Sharon in your hand you shall find your way up to the throne of God himself, for heaven itself possesses nothing that excels its radiant beauty, and of all the flowers that bloom in paradise there is none that can rival the lily of the valley. My soul, get Calvary’s blood-red rose into your hand by faith, by love wear it, by communion preserve it, by daily watchfulness make it yours all in all, and you shall be blessed beyond all ecstasy, happy beyond a dream. Jesus, be mine forever, my God, my heaven, my all.