Consider the Knock at the Door
The other night as I was beginning to prepare dinner for our evening meal, I heard someone knocking at the door. I immediately froze, as I determined it must be a solicitation call. Even though our neighborhood has a posted rule against door to door solicitation, it seems to occur anyway; with a determined sales person usually at meal time. I had no intention of ”buying” whatever it was they were selling, but I hate to have to deal with it, face to face. I would rather ignore the knock at the door and pretend I am not home.
Knocks at the door can create all kinds of apprehension, because we are unsure what it is about or we just don’t want to deal with it. Ironically, unless we go and open it, we will never know what opportunity awaits at the door. How many times does God knock at the door and we do not want to open the door? How many times do we attempt to just ignore the knock on the door because we just don’t want to deal with it? Why do we not answer the door when God stands there, knocking?
Maybe we are afraid it will be something we don’t feel we can do, perhaps there will be a sacrifice of some sort that will occur, or maybe we are just complacent with our life and want nothing to change. When someone is knocking at our door, our first thought is that they must want something we have and so we react to that, by not wanting them to take from us. Sometimes though, it is not what someone wants to take from us, it is what someone wants to give us. In the case of Christ, He doesn’t want anything from us, He wants to give us what He has, to make our life better.
This week our focus verse,Â taken from Revelation 3:20Â clearly depicts Jesus waiting for us, to give the open invitation to allow Him to enter into our lives. Once we open the door, our livesÂ changeÂ forever, as we will be in fellowship with Him through eternity. Notice that Jesus stands and knocks. He doesn’t ring the bell, pound obtrusively, or force entry in any way. He simply and quietly knocks, waiting on an invitation.Â He will never enter our life unless we ask Him to.
Christ speaks to us as clear as He did to the church at Laodicea about their noncommittal faith. The people there seemed to want to be part of Christ, but yet they did not go any further. They never acted upon it and instead just complacently did nothing with only a crack seen in their door. Christ tells them, as He does us, that He will not be part of their lives unless they ask Him to. Our relationship with Christ is not a part-time position or with a cracked door in which the chain remains attached. We are to either open the door or not, the choice is up to us but we can’t have it both ways.
A true and real relationship with Christ is a full-time commitment. We can either ask Him to be part of us or leave the door closed and attempt to solve our own issues. Without acknowledging Him however, we will never know Him. The choice is ours, as it always has been. Jesus is waiting for us to open the door and once we do, the full benefits of having a relationship with HimÂ unleashes.
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20 (NLT)
Commit to Open the Door
So do you want Christ to be a central part of your life, a forever guest? You must make a firm decision, as you cannot stand withÂ indifferenceÂ to God. He allows you however, to make that choice. By making an honest commitment to Him and allowing His life changing presence to totally take over, you can then live committed to follow His ways. If you have not opened the door for Christ or the door was once opened, but over the years it has slowly began to close, there is a simple door stop to put in place. Three easy steps to opening the door and keeping it open with life altering consequences awaits for you. The results promiseÂ to be eternally life changing.
Step 1. Ask Christ to be part of your life.Â Invite Him to enter the door by simply saying something like, ”Jesus, I want you to come into my life and be my Savior. I trust you and place my faith in you.”
Step 2. Fully commit to following the ways of Jesus. Once you have allowed Christ’s life changing presence to take over, you must stay with your commitment by telling others you are a believer. Look to the Bible for the sources of truth, get involved with a local fellowship of other believers as they will be your support group.
Step 3. Show others your commitment through your actions and speech. Share with others what you learn and how Christ is a central part of your life since you opened the door. Leave no room for others to doubt the center of your belief.
Christ stands and knocks at your door, take the challenge and issue the invitation to allow Christ in your life. Find your motivation in knowing that He is simply waiting and will never force Himself upon you but wants to be part of your life. You can find the comfort you need in knowing that once you have invited Him in, He will never leave you.
Paul McCartney sang, ”sombody’s knockin’ at the door, somebody’s ringin’ the bell. Do me a favor, open the door and let’em in”. Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and he is not pounding, yelling, demanding, or even ringing the bell. He stands there quietly knocking. Do yourself a favor and let Him in.
Love in Christ,
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What are your thoughts? Join Us in DiscussionÂ
Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Did you hear Him knock and let Him in? Has your door slowly closed over the years because you became caught up in the world of money, security, or possessions? Join us in discussion on opening the door to Christ, by letting us know if you have accepted Christ recently or just recommitted to keeping your door open for Him.