Gracenote: Open The Door
Revelation 3:20 says, “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.”
When we hear this scripture, the imagery that comes to mind is such that styles the unbeliever as the homeowner and Jesus as the traveler, or visitor, who is seeking entry. The home represents the unbelieving heart and Jesus’ entry represents the new birth, or salvation. This imagery has been effectively used on evangelistic tracts for many decades, and accurately so.
But consider with me, the fact that these words were not written to unbelievers, but to THE CHURCH at Laodicea. And the Bible said, in I Corinthians 6:19, “know ye not that your body is the temple (the home) of the Holy Ghost.” It is therefore equally as accurate to say that Christ is not the traveler/visitor, but He is indeed the homeowner, who finds himself outside of his own home. So, if Jesus is the homeowner, and finds himself outside of his own home, this then begs the question, who put Him out?
I would like to submit for your consideration the fact that when we prioritize our lives in such a way that Christ is no longer the center, and first priority, we have affectively put Christ out of his own home. But the good news is that He loves us so much, that even though we have put him out. He says, I will go no further than the porch.
Jesus cries from the porch of our hearts, our lives, “behold I stand at the door and knock…” If only you would open the door, he will come in and restore fellowship in a way that brings victory to your life. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. I admonish you, …Open the Door!
Pastor Michael C McGill