Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock – February 16, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “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.” – Revelation 3:20

Thoughts for Today… It startled me. I was staring at my computer screen, furiously pecking away at the keyboard, deep in thought when someone started knocking at my door, thus interrupting my train of thought. I, of course, I got up from my seat, went to the door and let them in right….WRONG!

Confession time…when I’m in my office, I can look out my window and see who is in my driveway without them knowing that I’m checking them out. So if it’s a sales person, the Schwans man, or some of those guys on their bike…you know who I’m talking about. Now, I’ll be real honest here, there are times I don’t want to do what I knew they were going to ask me to do. I was deep in theological thought, I had a full schedule of things to do, and, besides, it wasn’t something I wanted to do anyway. So, guess what I do at times…I let them keep knocking. That’s right, I don’t always open the door and let them in. In fact, even though they are at my door knocking, I go about my business, hoping they will just go away.

You know, sometimes SOMEBODY else comes knocking at my door. That’s right, my friend Jesus. He comes knocking at the door of MY heart, and the door of YOUR heart. I wonder, just how many times do we avoid answering Him because we know what He is wanting from us. You know what I’m talking about, we’ve got a full schedule of things to do and we don’t really want to do what He wants anyway…so, maybe, just maybe if we let Him knock long enough, He’ll grow tired and go away.

Sound familiar? Knock, knock, knock. “Hey, it’s Jesus. Let me open the door…wait a minute. Wait a minute. I bet He’s going to tell me that I need to go witness to _________ again. That didn’t go so well last time. Or, if that’s not what He’s wanting, then He probably is going to say something about helping
in that area of church ministry…no, I’ve got it, Jesus is probably here to remind me to get that situation resolved between me and _________. Doesn’t He remember how they mistreated me? Oh, I remember. It’s that thing He’s been really speaking to my heart about lately…He’s here to get me to commit to
doing it. Or, maybe He wants to say something about that sin that I haven’t confessed yet…I’ll just let Him knock.” And so, we don’t answer, because we know what Jesus wants from us…and we’re just not willing to do that, at least not right now. Is that any way to respond to the One who gave His very life for your and my sins? Is that any way to answer the door that Jesus knocks on?

Friend, we should be like a little child who is happy to see daddy come home from work.  A child who opens the door and meets his dad half-way across the yard and screams with delight, “Daddy’s here, Daddy’s here.” He throws his arms around his neck and gives him a big hug with a joyful grin on his face and a
twinkle in his eye.

That’s the way we should answer when Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts. “Jesus is here, Jesus is here!” We should squeal in delight to think that the Creator of the world is extending us a personal visit. A grin so wide that it hurts our jaws should spread across our face as we welcome our Most High and
Holy Guest. We should welcome Him in, lock the doors and bar His way from ever leaving our presence….that’s how excited we ought to be to hear from Jesus.

Friend, if you are His, then He’s going to speak to you today. Maybe He will want to talk about that sin that you haven’t gotten right…don’t turn Him away. Or, He might just decide it’s time that He reminds you to witness to that lost soul again…don’t keep Him waiting at the door. Maybe He has some special
assignment that  you have been avoiding and He just wants you to know how important it is that you begin today…don’t avoid Him. Or, He may just want to “sit a spell” and sup with you, as He encourages you for your faithfulness and obedience. He may want to say, “Well done” or simply, “I love you.”

What’s that I hear? I think someone’s knocking at your door.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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