Growing in Faith
"Knocking on the door” is a request for entrance. The verb “to knock” is a respectful request, not a fearful force like breaking down the door and barging in. This request for entrance into the center of your life is part of the universal call of the Lord Jesus Christ. He knocks politely and patiently at the door of our hearts. He doesn't barge in or use force. He waits for us to answer. Even though the Lord's knocking in this passage was to the seven churches described in Revelation, He is actually knocking on the door to every individual’s heart.
Those who open their heart to Jesus will enjoy His presence. If what He finds is a heart in poor condition, what He brings will supply just what that heart needs. He will give fresh supplies of grace and comfort. When we open the door to Jesus, He teaches us to be like Him. Christ Himself had temptations and conflicts; however, He overcame them all and was more than a conqueror. Those made like Christ in His trials, will also be made like Him in glory. All Jesus wants is our love and attention.
Christ’s appeal is heartfelt and urgent: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20, NLT) The Lord’s plea is personal. He is inviting everyone to experience intimate fellowship with Him. Even though His desire is for us to respond and open the door to Him, ultimately it is up to the individual to decide. Jesus knows that not everyone will answer His invitation and open the door to a relationship with Him.
Today, the prophecies of the Lord’s second coming in the last days have started to be fulfilled. When the Lord comes again in the last days, we must be more vigilant and prepared, take heed of God’s voice, and have hearts that seek and thirst for righteousness. Only in this way can we welcome the second coming of the Lord. Jesus continues to say, “I stand at the door and knock!” To churches who are filled with nonpracticing Christians, He sends out His earnest invitation for full fellowship. The One who holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19; Revelation 1:18; 3:7) calls us all to hear His voice and open the door so that He can come in and share an intimate union with us. To those who respond, Jesus Christ guarantees the open door of eternal life and the reward of ruling with Him in heaven.
And guess what? You can knock on Jesus’ door. This works both ways. Jesus Christ is knocking on your heart’s door—the center of your understanding—the center of your life. You can choose to leave it closed or open it. And you can knock on His door. Whatever your decision, Jesus Christ is always ready to open His door when you knock.
What about you? Jesus is knocking on your heart's door. Will you answer His knock? Will you open your heart’s door and invite Him into your life? That is certainly a knock you don't want to ignore, for, if you answer, it will change your life forever!