“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.” Revelation 3:20
Each time I read this verse of Scripture I visualize the familiar painting of Jesus standing at a door, His arm outstretched in a knock.
From the time I was a child, until several years ago, invariably I imagined Jesus seeking entrance to a heart which had never before allowed Him access, or had rebelliously shut Him out, or – had just been too busy to remember Him.
But consistently I guessed His reason for waiting was that He might be invited inside to share love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, goodness…if only one would give Him a chance.
One day as I read that passage again, the painting came to mind, and with it a completely new thought. There was my Friend at the door, in a split second, His knock not even necessary because He knew how much I desired His Presence!
However, because He is gentle and kind, His gesture was a simple and friendly reminder that He is always here. He has gone nowhere…He is part of our home. I could imagine Jesus saying,
“I just saw you sit down and open My Word…
I will converse for as long as you wish.
May I teach you what it really means to overcome?”
(To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Revelation 3:21)
Luke 12:35-37 further evokes a sense of expectation and joy as we are reminded to be anticipating a knock very soon!
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.
Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.
Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.”
With renewed longing I listen.