Have you opened the door?

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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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))

When you knock on a door, what is your next action?

Do you barge right in or do you wait for the owner of the home to respond to your knock and grant you access? If you are patient, and you know that they are home, you don’t leave. You wait for them to respond. Occasionally, you may knock again so that they have another chance to hear you and then you wait once more for their response. If they don’t respond, do you feel as if they are ignoring you and you eventually go away, or do you stay there and keep knocking?

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a knock like this and you didn’t answer the door? Did you act like this because you were trying to avoid the person who was knocking, or did you simply not hear them?

When we knock on a door, we are putting ourselves out there for rejection. We are trusting that the person on the other side of the door will respond the way that we want them to. We know that this is not always what happens, but when the person does answer your knock, most times you are greeted with a smiling face and a welcoming embrace.

Have you ever stopped to think about this passage? Does Jesus ever get tired of knocking? Does He get frustrated with those who just will not answer? Does He turn His back on those who will not answer, or does He wait patiently for an eventual response? When someone does answer His knocking, who has the greater joy? Is it the person who opens their heart to Jesus or is it Jesus who has just welcomed another child of God into the kingdom?

All that I know is that Jesus is knocking. The time is short. The opportunity to answer His knock is running out of time. Don’t be that person who says to yourself that you will answer tomorrow and then tomorrow never comes for you!

Have you opened the door?

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