Scripture: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him,
and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20, NKJV
I had noticed
the additional bit of greenery in the flower bed by the driveway, and made
a mental note that some weeding was in order. No rush, since it had been
unduly dry for more than a week, and even the weeds were in standby mode.
Then, it happened. Rain! We really needed that moisture for the crops and
The result was amazing! My bit of greenery put on
a burst of growth that more than doubled its size overnight. It was ready,
it was willing, and made the most of the opportunity to put on a spurt of
I have a continuous battle with this grassy plant
that invades my yard and garden. Even the tiniest bit of root will develop
a new plant. Never-the-less, I have to admire its tenacity. When a favorable
condition comes its way, it is ready to grow. And multiply. By root and also
Would that those of the Christian persuasion
were so ready and willing!
Think for a moment about the similarities and
differences between those plants waiting for the rain (moisture) and the
persons (anyone) on the other side of the door when Jesus comes knocking.
Are we ready? Are we anticipating the knock, in faith
believing that it will come? Or are we so busily involved in a myriad of
activities that we really don’t want to be bothered by someone knocking at
the door? Almost persuaded that it is worth the effort to check, perhaps,
but not quite?
Suppose, now, that the plants took the same attitude.
The rains come, delivering the moisture that is vital to life and growth,
but they pull in their roots and refuse to take in the moisture. “ Knock,
knock. Hel-o-oo? It’s me, the rain. Anybody home?If you open
the door, I will come in and nourish you.”
No, I think we need to be more like the plants, in
this case, ready to participate in the interaction between the visitor and
Read the passage from Revelation again, taking in
the part that follows the knock. What will Jesus do when the door is opened?
Well, yes, come in.
But note that He doesn’t say, “Pizza delivery.” He is not bringing
the goodies, the way that I read it. He will come in and dine! That is, if
we have the table set in anticipation of His visit, and the meal is ready.
If we are fully prepared to dine when the knock comes, a special fellowship
awaits, bringing joy to the guest and joy to the host.