Monday, May 16, 2011

At Your Door

At Your Door
by Maria Hartman


The doorbell rings. Great. You aren’t expecting anyone today, and of course you have a million things to do. As you peer out the nearest window, you don’t have any idea who the person standing there is, but you can see they have come to sell you something. You just wait quietly until they are gone.

A few hours pass. The doorbell rings again. This time you look and see your neighbor standing outside. You eagerly make your way to the door, open it up, and invite her in. You chat for a little bit and then get back to your ‘to do’ list.

Later while preparing dinner, you hear a soft knock at your door. Completely involved in the task at hand, you don’t even bother to look and see who is there. You just don’t have the time for interruptions. The soft knock echoes once more. Although you don’t answer, curiosity gets the best of you and you peek out the window. Something is stirring in your spirit. This was no ordinary visitor. It was Jesus; at your house; at your door!

Q:Was there anything exactly the same about all three of these examples? A: There definitely was.

Q: What happens when someone who doesn’t live in your home comes to your door?
A: They knock on the door or ring the bell. We then as the ‘owner’ make a decision who we will let in and who we will leave outside.

Though the three were all different, the common denominator was that none entered a place that was not their own. One came to get, one came to visit, and One came to give. But all three waited outside first before finding out if they would be permitted inside.

For Today:
Friends, Jesus will not enter anywhere He is not completely welcome. He will not kick at the door, or bang with His fists. If He is not wanted, He will not stay. But wait… Isn’t He all powerful? Can’t He come in even if nobody opens the door? …Yes
He can, but He won’t. He can do the most amazing and miraculous things beyond what we can imagine, yet He will never open a door to a home, to a heart that is not opened for Him.

Have you ever thought about that?

We let into our homes, and more importantly, into our hearts, those we desire to be
there. We keep out those who are not welcome inside. It is the most sacred place we can invite someone. We may not make a specific decision when it comes to the people in our lives, but nonetheless, along the way we do decide who is welcome
to be a part of our hearts.

This is not the case with Jesus however. He doesn’t just kind of grow on us and then before we know it, we love Him. No, He requires specific action on our part. He requires that we be attentive and listening; and that when we hear Him,
we reach out and open up what has been closed… we open up our mouth as well and
speak: “Please come in” to the most magnificent Guest we’ll ever gaze upon. He
is far too wonderful to leave on the outside. Just ask anyone who knows Him.

Revelation 3: 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him…..

Behold friends, the Precious Son of God……coming to you and for you. Have you heard His gentle knock?

~HAVE YOU EVER INVITED HIM IN? ~

 If you haven’t, it isn’t too late to do so.

The door of our hearts has a one way hinge with Jesus. He will come in, but He’ll never go out. Praise God He will stay……forever.

If today you hear His voice; harden not your hearts.
(Psalm 95:8)

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