Monday, March 24, 2014

Knock! Knock! - Guess Who??

Revelation 3:20
New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Took me a while, but I think it makes sense. I love to laugh and I equally enjoy helping others to laugh. My son is the same way! The other day, he decided to tell me a knock knock joke. It went like this:

Him: Knock! Knock!
Me: Who’s there?
Him: Me!
Me: Me who?
Him: Uh….Me!
Me: Me who?
Him: Knock! Knock!

Then, he just fell out laughing and wanted to tell me the joke again. Wasn’t the best joke in the world, but he thought it was hilarious.

This makes me think of someone else who is knocking at our door with a similar response.

In Revelation, we learn that Christ is standing at our door. The eye opening disclosure to the believer is that although he is powerful and passionate – Christ is also patient. We need Him more than He needs us, however He comes to our private place of residence and for some people, He uncovers them from their hiding spots. But when He arrives, He doesn’t bust open the door. An earlier part of that same passage talks about the lukewarm church – people who are lackadaisical in their belief and are virtually worthy of being spit out. He comes for them also.

The next part of that verse says that He knocks. His persistence to cause salvation is true. Christ knocks! Many would never know God if not for Him seeking them out. He sees your mistakes and knows about your imperfections yet He still wants to know you personally. Don’t allow your circumstances to deafen you to the sound of Christ’s knocking.

But, even if you ignore the knocks or the benefits of his handiwork, I pray that you hear His voice. Christ speaks to us through His Word, Teachers, Preachers, Bloggers, that timely worship song and moments that make you say Hmmmmm….

Finally, Christ enjoys dining with you. That’s pretty cool! If we reject His beckoning at this point – can we really blame Him for our conclusions? When Christ knocks, we should open the door swiftly. What have you ever gained from making a decision on your own when you have the King of wisdom available at your door? Just as Christ knocks to save the lost – Christ knocks to save His people from getting lost.

Have you ever opened the door to a guest who brought dinner and all the extra stuff? That’s what Christ does when you open the door for Him. He comes inside and not only feeds you at your location but also gives you more than enough to share with others. But, we still have to answer the door.

I heard a preacher say, Christ will draw you and not drag you. Although we are given the ability to make our own decision, Christ will direct you towards the right choice. Either way, you have to make a move.

So, consider my son and his horrible knock knock joke. Christ is knocking on your door, whether you adhere to His hand or His voice, the answer is the same – His Presence.