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.
Jesus didn’t say, “Ascend up into heaven in a righteous state and knock on my door, and if I find you worthy, I will open unto you.” He didn’t leave a map with directions or a puzzle to solve. He didn’t send another in His stead. But He has come to us where we are and how we are—in our sin and brokenness and unrighteousness—and given us the opportunity to open up our hearts to fellowship with Him now and forevermore. He knocks and calls out to us. He is right there, waiting just on the other side of the door.
Jesus comes to us, but we have to open the door, and He promises to come in. But if we turn off the lights and go sit in the corner with our hands over our ears and our eyes closed pretending we’re not home, we have no part with Him. We have no salvation or forgiveness or hope of eternal life. Because even though He comes to everyone, even though He died for us all, we each have to accept Him for ourselves.
And when Jesus comes to us and we open the door, He doesn’t just come for a visit, He comes to stay. He comes to dwell with us, to spend time with us, to lead us, to guide us, and ultimately, He blesses us in amazing ways. He gives us the privilege to draw near, to know Him and to know His Father, to be a part of His family, and He allows us to serve Him and grow in Him, and there is no better place to be than with Him.
Throughout the course of our lives, many things will come by and knock on our doors, seeking access to our lives. Some of those things will be good and some will be bad. But when Jesus comes along and knocks, when we hear that voice calling out to us so sweetly and full of love, let’s not send Him away. Let’s invite Him into our lives so He can cleanse us and restore us and renew us and rebuild us. There is no better relationship to be in, no better friend to have, no better love we could ever know than that which comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.