“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
“Knock knock!” exclaimed my seven year old grandson. “Who’s there?” I responded. “Nana” he replied. I asked “Nana who?” “Nana your business!” my mischievous progeny cried out. Hilarity ensued. Little boys in particular are often veritable encyclopaedias of ‘Knock knock’ jokes. It is believed that this genre of jokes started in the late 1920’s, fuelling children’s wit for decades.
Humour apart, what happens in your home when someone knocks on the door unexpectedly? Do we rush to clear empty mugs from the lounge? Do we peek out the window to see who it is? Do we fly to the mirror to check our appearance? Our favourite TV programme is on – we have waited all week for the next episode; starts, the titles are running and yes… the doorbell rings. What do we do? Do we answer or pretend to be out? The family are all comfortably ensconced on the sofa – no-one wants to answer the door. Often a single knock at the door can change the plans for the evening.
There is someone who knocks at our spiritual door–at our heart constantly. Jesus Christ waits and knocks. The scripture above says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” This Biblical passage addresses the church in Laodicea. There is stern criticism and warning because they were on their spiritual couches distracted by other factors. We are no different today. In verse 17 Jesus describes this condition: “But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
Let us be sure to hear the Word when He knocks on the door of our heart and heed Him well. The reward is great. “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (verse 21)
Jesus, thank you so much for knocking at the door of our hearts, thank you for your infinite love, we pray for the day when all will hear your call and humanity will be saved from itself.
Study by Irene Wilson
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
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