"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20 ESV
What happens when someone knocks on your door? Over the last two months, your first instinct may be to peer through the curtains and hope they will go away. That hasn't always been true, we can remember a time pre-pandemic when we welcomed a visitor. Growing up, I recall that it was not unusual for friends and family to stop by unexpectedly. Mom would invite them in, offer them something to eat and drink, and then they would visit -- for hours. It was always a bonus when they had had kids because it meant we had someone different to play with.
In the verse today we are asked how will we respond to Jesus' knock on the door of our hearts. Will we open the door and accept him as our Savior, or will we ignore the knock and keep the door closed rejecting Christ?
I would like to expand this idea more broadly to all who have already accepted Christ, we have answered that initial knock. Jesus doesn't knock just once, as his children, he continues to come and visits us often. Sometimes when he knocks he may call us to do something. Often what he asks may include going to new and uncomfortable places. We do not go alone though Jesus has promised to go with us. We are still given the choice, will we open the door, or will we peer through the curtains and hope he will go away?
From personal experience, there have been times when Jesus knocked on my door -- and kept knocking -- although, I did not respond right away, I found when I answered it led to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God.
What is God calling you to do today? Will you open the door?
Jesus, we thank you for those knocks upon our door. Often we are hesitant to open the door, even when we know it is an invitation for a closer relationship with you. Help us we pray to overcome our fears and anxieties so we will open the door when you knock. Amen.