"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20 NKJV
When I was maybe ten years old, we had friends who had a house fire. Later, we discovered that they had come to our house in the wee hours of the morning seeking assistance but couldn't raise anyone. I don't know how long or loudly they knocked, but we were all sound asleep, and they had to go elsewhere.
Jesus knocks, and sometimes we may be asleep, or we just can't be bothered to open the door. But in not answering, we miss a joyous opportunity. Jesus desires to come in and spend personal time with us. Not for his benefit but for ours. It is a visit filled with intimacy in the sharing and silence. Yet, at other times he may be extending an opportunity. We do not know what we are missing if we don’t invite him in.
Precious Jesus, we give thanks for all the times you knock on our door. The first time we answer is our acceptance of you as our Savior, but you continue to visit. You want to keep this relationship going. Each time we open the door is a beautiful visit—one filled with joy and intimacy. Please help us always listen to your knock and the sound of your voice and be quick to respond. Amen.
Can you remember the first time Jesus knocked on your door? Do you recall other times? How would you describe those experiences?