Recently, I had a new front door installed on my home. Upon inspecting the door, the contractor asked if I wanted a peephole installed. He assured me it would only take a few extra minutes. While he was busy drilling the hole, I made a quick run to Home Depot to purchase the peephole. After all, a few dollars is well worth the security and comfort of being able to see who was knocking at the door, wouldn’t you agree?
A knock itself tells us nothing about who is standing at our door. How then can we make an informed decision? Apparently, making an informed decision was important to Jesus as well. In Chapter 3 of Revelation, we read that Jesus is standing at a door, knocking.
“Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 NIV
In this context, the door represents the church. However, as the church is comprised of its people, many view it as representative of ourselves – our own hearts. Either way we look at it, Jesus does not leave the door’s owner wondering who is knocking. The story continues by revealing that Jesus is not just knocking. He is also speaking from the other side of the door. “If any man hears my voice…” Have you ever wondered what Jesus was saying from outside the closed door? The previous verse gives us a bit of a clue.
“…turn from your indifference.” (verse 19).
And yet, we are still given a choice. Even if we hear His voice, He leaves it up to us whether to open the door and invite Him in.
So what happens after we open the door? Does He come barreling in and start pointing out our dirty laundry or rearranging the furniture? Some may not open the door for fear Jesus intends to condemn us for all that is wrong with our lives. However, Scripture makes it clear this is not the case. The verse goes on to explain that Jesus knocks on the door of our heart so that, “…he [will dine] with me.” The NLT (New Living Translation) says it this way, “we will share a meal together as friends.”
Jesus has come for the relationship. He does not force His way in, or arrive in order to condemn us. Rather, Jesus knocks on the door of our heart in order to present a gift. The gift of Himself so that through Him, we can become children of God.
“He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:10-12 NLT
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Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several books and Bible studies.