Summary: Jesus stands knocking without ceasing at the door to the heart of every man. Why won’t we open the door and let Him come in?
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Pastor James May
WHO IS THAT KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR?
Several years ago I was involved in a business that required visiting a large number of homes of people that I did not know. This type of visitation is often uncomfortable and sometimes can be very challenging. While many people are involved in “Door-to-Door Sales” and show up unexpectedly, I rarely went to the door of a home without calling or making arrangements ahead of time. Even though I had set an appointment, there were a number of times when those who I went to see just would not answer the door. There was no doubt that they were home and that they knew I had arrived as scheduled because I could hear the TV or radio, I could see lights through the window and sometimes, I could even hear people talking or see shadows pass by the windows, but they just wouldn’t open the door because they didn’t want to hear what I had to say. One such incident that I will never forget is when I had pre-arranged a contact in Houston, Texas then drove 5 hours to go to their home and when I arrived, they had just left to keep from meeting with me. That was a long 5-hour trip home but it wasn’t the last time it happened. I remember one instance when I traveled from Louisiana to Indiana and the people I went to help wouldn’t drive 1 mile to meet with me.
All of us have had those who would walk through our neighborhoods and stop to knock on every door trying to ply their trade or spread their message. Everything from door-to-door salespeople to religious cults have come to my door, and I must confess, there are times when I didn’t want to open my door either. In today’s society, you never know who or what awaits you when you open your door to strangers.
Perhaps it is that feeling of self-preservation and fear of what stands on the other side of the door that places within each of us a dread of those who knock at our door unexpectedly.
I believe that Jesus knows the disappointment and frustration on a much greater scale because He also stands before a door unannounced and seeks to come in.
Revelation 3:20-22, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."
When I stood before the door of those homes as I have mentioned before, I would knock several times and wait several minutes to see if someone would answer the door. Each time I knocked on the door, I would knock harder and harder to make sure that those inside could hear. If someone doesn’t want to answer, you can knock until your knuckles bruise but it just won’t matter for they have control of the doorknob and the lock.
Jesus is standing before the door of your heart this morning! He stands there knocking, so very gently and softly knocking, as He hopes to be invited into your heart and life.
Some of us have heard His knock and have opened the door wide and invited Him to come into our hearts and Jesus has moved in with us to live forever.
Have you ever had anyone to come to your home and then announce that they had come to stay for a while? It upsets the entire household for a while until we get used to them being around or they decide to move on.
When Jesus comes in, He brings peace and joy. There is no greater life than having the Lord Jesus Christ living within your heart.