Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “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. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.”- Revelation 3:20-21
Insight: One thing that is always true in our life and that no one can ever take it away from us is we always get to choose how to respond to a given opportunity or situation. When someone knocks on our door, we only have two options. We can answer it and open it up or we can avoid it, pretend we didn’t hear it and keep it closed. The above scripture from the Book of Revelation points out the same is true with Jesus. When he “knocks” on the door of our heart, do we open it and let him in or do we avoid it and pretend we didn’t hear it? I have often wondered why so many reject the grace, love, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus and I guess it is simply because it is just easier to pretend He isn’t who He says He is- the Messiah, the Son of God, the Holy Lamb who has come to take away the sins of the world. It may mean having to change some bad habits that give us pleasure, or worse yet, come face to face with some of our deepest wounds or darkest secrets. It sounds so heavy, so many pretend He just doesn’t matter and continue on their path of rejection.
But there is no denying Jesus. We can pretend we didn’t hear the knock or try to delay answering, but this is at our own peril. We will have to acknowledge Him when he knocks sooner or later, so better sooner, for as it is written in Romans 14:11 “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.” God is very patient with us. His desire is for us to choose him, to be on the winning team. 2nd Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” He gives us time to make our choice, but like a video game eventually the time runs out, but the consequences don’t. He will not force us to answer the door when Jesus knocks. We get to decide if we choose him or reject him, but we must decide on this side of eternity. Choose wisely my friends!
Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You knock on the door to our hearts and You offer us the only thing that will ever bring us real, deep and lasting contentment: Yourself through Your Holy Spirit who is our guide for the rest of our days once we answer Your knock and invite You in. Amen!