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.” Revelation 3:20
My doorbell can talk. We are blessed at 217. The original part of the house is well over a hundred years old. Back in those days it had a couple of bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and probably a dining room. Well, at the end of World War II a family bought it and totally remodeled it. They added a living room, a couple more bedrooms and a breakfast area. They took it from wood siding to brick and added a new front and rear entrance. And that is where my talking doorbell comes in.
I’ve always heard that backdoor friends are best and at our house that is the door we use and most of our guests use. The front door is nice to look at, but it pretty much sits there looking pretty. But just in case someone wants to use it, we have a doorbell there and at the backdoor. Well, I’m not sure how it works but when that occasional someone comes to the front door and mashes the doorbell, inside we get a ding-dong sound. But, when someone comes to the backdoor, we get a ding and skip the dong. It’s a nice way to know which door to go to…if we can remember which is which.
For whatever reason, sometimes we don’t hear the doorbell, but we have a backup system. On the front door we have a knocker and in the event, we don’t respond quickly enough, we get a rap, rap, rap. The back door is just a little more old-fashioned. There the backup is a knock, knock, knock. The important thing is that we know someone is at the door and would like to come in.
There is a scripture in the New Testament part of the Christian Bible that talks about knocking at the door. It is found in the book of the Revelation, and it describes Jesus standing at a door and He is knocking…desiring to come in. And the verse also says that if we are willing to open that door He would like to come in and have a visit. For some folks, perhaps His visit would be for the first time. He is saying, “Let Me come and be a part of your life.” For others, it is like a good friend coming for a visit—you know a cup of coffee and a piece of pie kind of visit. Either way, He is courteous enough to wait for us to respond.
In today’s world, unannounced guests are not too common. In fact, show up unannounced and you might get a strange look or two. But in the time of Jesus, guests are always expected and always welcomed. It is just the way that it was. In our busy, hurry-up world, we are often too busy to take the time for a visit—even from a man like Jesus. Each time He knocks on the door, He brings more than He takes. He isn’t there to bother but to love. He isn’t there to judge but to bless. It is one visit you don’t want to miss.
I know each of us at one time or another, deliberately ignore the door. We are either too tired, too busy, or too something else. But the next time you hear the doorbell of your life, the next time you hear the knock, knock, knock at the door of life, I hope you will go and see who is standing there. It just might be Jesus and a visit from Him is always worth the time. Maybe you can settle down in the living room and chat a while…maybe share a few worries or concerns. And then, because it is just what he does, He will smile and tell us not to worry because, as always, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne