Knock knock - Hope 103.2

Knock knock

By David ReayThursday 30 Mar 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Revelation 3:20

20 “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. (NLT)

Many of us don’t appreciate people who come knocking at our door. What are they selling? How can I say ‘no’ politely? Will I feel guilty if I don’t contribute to their cause? Of course it is very different if a good friend comes knocking. We will invite them in and enjoy their company.

Jesus is telling us that he knocks: not as an aggressive marketer or a pleading charity representative. He knocks as our master and as our lover. He wants to enjoy really good company with us—signified here by eating a meal together which was one of the most significant acts of companionship in that time.

We note from the context that this message is addressed to those who already belong to him, not to those outside the faith. It is an invitation to the lukewarm disciples to let him come in and warm things up. An invitation to move from formality to intimacy.

And yet we may refuse to let him in. C. S. Lewis explains why: we may want him to come in to do a bit of spring-cleaning in a particular area of life that is troubling us. But Jesus wants to do a thorough renovation job, not a bit of minor redecorating. The one who knocks seeking our companionship is the one who seeks to reconfigure our whole lives. So opening the door to his knocking is at the same time a welcoming of a loving friend but also an invitation to have our lives turned upside down.

Do we dare open the door? Do we dare not open the door?

David Reay

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