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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.

Revelations 3:20

This verse mentions something that has the ability to alter my view of Christ. Christ stands at the door and knocks. Imagine that for a moment. Christ is outside, standing in the weather, patient, knocking on the door.

There are some of my kids friends that have the right to walk into our house. These are my kids closest friends. Honestly, it is really no big deal when they walk in, they are invited. They have earned the right to walk into our house. It would be weird if they waited outside and knocked on the door.

There are other friends that we have told that they are invited to just come in, but they feel awkward in doing so and always stand outside and knock. They are just leery about walking into our house. We tell them that they don’t need to knock; I believe it is more of a comfort thing. Also, if a friend hasn’t been by the house in quite some time, then they do not feel comfortable just walking into our house, but they knock on the door again and wait.

The door to a house is indicative of many things. It reflects an entry to our lives. It is a gate of entry. Those that live at the house never think about knocking; they belong there. The door is just a barrier keeping the outside separate from the inside.

To those that do not live there, it represents an entry as well, but out of respect they knock to bring attention to those inside. Someone comes to the door and opens it, allowing entry.

So, let’s talk about this scripture in reference to what it is saying to us. I believe the writer is telling us that Christ knocks at the door of our heart. He does not just open the door, but the door has to be opened by the owner of the heart.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

Here is another scripture mentioning knocking and the door opening. This time, Christ is not doing the knocking, but us. This is red letters in the bible. Christ is saying that if we knock, the door will be opened. So, when we knock on the door owned by Christ, he opens the door, yet when he comes to our door, He waits outside and knocks; he waits until we open our door.

Christ wants access to our heart, but does not force Himself on us. He has to be invited in. Why? Because that is they type of relationship that has been established between us and God. God respects our freedom because He values our free will. He desires us to serve and obey Him because we CHOOSE to. He offers all the peace and joy we cannot find in the world yet we so much desire, yet He is never pushy. We need to come to a place where WE desire Him.

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