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 (Revelation 3:20 KJV)
What message was Jesus conveying to the Church in Laodicea when He said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”?
This analogy draws a parallel between Jesus and an outsider knocking on the door of a home. Although he yearns to come in, the door remains firmly shut. As a polite guest, He allows the door to be opened for Him without pushing his way in; He tenderly knocks on the door, beckoning its owner and patiently hoping they may choose to welcome Him in.
Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts, asking to be invited in. Our house symbolizes our life, and the door stands for our hearts, which need to be opened to Him. In His message to the angel of Laodicea, Jesus rebuked the saints for being lukewarm and called them to address this lukewarmness (Revelations 3:15-18). Jesus called for a change of heart and lifestyle, knocking on their hearts and seeking an open-hearted response.
He masterfully concludes His plea by emphasizing the benefits of allowing Him to enter one’s life.: “I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me”. This is fellowship with God’s presence. What would you need if Jesus were in your house?
Is the Lord knocking at your heart? What is He asking you to do? Like Mary, I exhort you “whatever He commands you to do, do it” (John 2:5).
Why does the Lord use the metaphor of a door to describe our hearts?
Apply the Word
Lukewarmness still causes difficulty for us today, just as it did with the Laodiceans long ago. However, for others, it might be turning away from sin, forgiving someone, reviving your prayer life, etc. Invite the Lord into your life by unlocking the door to your heart.
Invite the Holy Spirit to empower you to obey God’s call
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