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
The “Floored by God” sermon series we’re going through now reminded me of the renovation of our home some two years ago. Honestly, the flat where our family lives deserved a major makeover as the wallpaper was literally peeling off and white paint had turned yellow! We moved in when my two sons were just about to attend kindergarten but now my older son is in college.
To me, undergoing a restoration project is always a challenge physically, mentally and financially. First we had to find a place to move into before we could do the renovation in the flat. And that was just the beginning. The constant monitoring of the project was simply overwhelming. Moreover, there were so many things to follow up on such as choosing the right furniture for the living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchen appliances, floors, etc. These tasks became unappealing. Because of all the effort, mentally I tried very hard to resist any restoration even though the flat was old and rundown, and somehow found my own comfort zone there, resisting change.
In a similar way, our spiritual lives may follow a similar path if we are not careful. We may have different "rooms” within our hearts. Over the years, we may have become comfortable with our Christian life although there may be areas in our lives that we have defiantly held on to our own for whatever reasons. We labeled these areas rather unknowingly as “No entry” to anyone, including our Saviour. These areas may not only hinder our daily lives, but may also impact our walk with God in a negative way. But isn’t it mind-boggling that the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelations 19:16) does not force His way into our hearts but waits patiently and says to us: “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…” While we should not over-examine our every action, we should ensure that we do not become complacent, especially not in our spiritual journeys.
On the other hand, we may have become hardened because of many life circumstances, which did not work out the way we thought they should. Other issues could arise because of our careers or colleagues, our personal relationships, lost of our love ones, sickness and diseases. At times, out of frustration, we might even cry out to God asking: “Do you even care?” Then Jesus says to us in our quiet moment: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) All we have to do, frustrated or otherwise, is come to Jesus.
Friends, have you shut the door of your hearts?
Let us respond to the knock, knock by:
- Thanking God, the King of kings and the Lord of lords who never stop knocking and waiting on you to respond to Him.
- Asking God to remind you to go to Jesus and rest in Him, for He always welcomes you.