Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
When I became a follower of Jesus, I read Revelation 3:20 and got it. There’s an awesome word picture of us standing inside our home and hearing a knock. Curious, we go to the door and ask the expected question: “Who is it?” It’s me, Jesus, can I come in?”
Then we willingly and voluntarily open the door and connect. That’s a shared moment all believers have with Jesus. There is a moment of welcome; a time of belief, acceptance, and integration of Christ into our life.
For years I related this verse only to my conversion until I realized that the knocking didn’t end at salvation and neither did the opening of doors. That first knocking and invitation into my life was just the first big door, which were followed by hundreds of more knocks as Jesus, with my permission of the Holy Spirit, went on a tour of other rooms of my life.
Jesus knocked for salvation, and I said “Yes, c’mon in!” The Spirit took up residence in me, kept knocking and began the renovation and transformation projects in all my other rooms.
All of us have been confronted with this reality. Men are especially guilty of treating the relationship room as something to be conquered and then set aside in order to conquer the next room. For example the wooing of our wife was one thing but then came the maintenance. Wow! Who knew there were so many rooms that would require maintenance? The great part of this is watching the Holy Spirit, who upon our acceptance opens one door after another, walks in and helps us maintain our relationship with Jesus.
Father, the uniqueness of the Trinity gives you the ability to love us more.