“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 NIV
Doors! Those points of ingress and egress to our homes. Without them, there would be gaping holes that allow whoever and whatever to enter freely. Though we use them several times a day, we probably don't give them a second thought except to ensure they're closed and secured. They also permit us to allow or deny entry. For example, we will invite a friend to enter but bar strangers.
Christ extends an invitation, "Come knock on my door." He won't check the Ring doorbell to see who is on the stoop but flings the door wide open and invites us in. It doesn't matter who we are or what we've done; we are all welcomed into his home. To him, we're not strangers; through the Father, he knows us. He's been anxiously awaiting our knock so he can open the door.
We also have doors to our souls. John the Revelator flips the analogy in Revelation 3:20; he writes of Christ, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." While Christ stands ready to welcome us, we, too, must open our doors to invite him in. We're not to open the door sometimes and keep it closed at others. Our journey to righteousness is a matter of keeping a continual open portal between Christ and us.
Thank you, Jesus, for opening the door to us. We confess we have sinned and are unworthy to enter your house, yet your grace welcomes us. Help us to be ever mindful to keep the doors of our hearts open to you. Come and dwell in our souls. Amen.