The Garden Gates

The Garden Gates

If your eyes are light, your whole body will be full of light

Matt 6:22

Our driveway has a pair of wrought iron gates which, like many others in our street, are rarely closed. It was just too much trouble to open and close them every time we drove out… until there was spate of burglaries in the street!

Suddenly we all became security conscious and made sure our gates were closed religiously. But it was too late by then, the villains had scarpered with our stuff. 

Life’s like that. We all have gates to the inner world of our heart and mind, but if we don’t use them, we can end up with unwelcome visitors.

Guard the access points to your mind – your eyes and ears. Be careful what you watch and listen to, being quick to shut the gate firmly on sights and sounds that will rob you of peace, faith and joy. Being ever mindful that you will become what you think about (Prov 23:7).

Also, guard your heart – the seat of your affections and motivations – from the entry of bitterness, envy and unhelpful comparisons, which rob you of self-esteem, contentment and confidence (Proverbs 4:23).

Let’s keep the ‘gates’ of our eyes, ears, legs and hands in good working order, so nothing gets ‘up the drive’ that should be kept out of our inner world.



Stephen Matthew is a gifted Bible teacher, author and committed church-builder with over 40 years of experience in Christian ministry.