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Answer the Door

It doesn’t happen as much as it used to in neighborhoods these days, but think back to the last time someone came and knocked on your door. What did you do? You dropped what you were doing and answered! Or at the very least you hollered, “I’ll be right there,” if you couldn’t drop what you were doing. The last option, I guess, is you turned off all the lights and told the kids to be quiet so the person knocking wouldn’t know anyone was home. Say, if it was a salesperson or politician looking for handshakes and signatures.


Let’s focus on the first, and most natural response: going to, and opening, the door. Let’s say you find someone on your doorstep you know, and they want to come in? Yup – you just did it in your imagination – YOU INVITE THEM IN! It’s the kind, friendly, even Christian thing to do, right?

There are times in our lives when this has happened, though, and we never heard it. Or maybe we thought the knocking somehow wasn’t for us, even though it was on our door. Confusing? Lemme give you an example.

In Revelation 3:20, we read this about Jesus, “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.” You’ve probably read or heard this verse many times, and maybe you made the same mistake I did for so many years. I always assumed this was Jesus knocking on the heart’s door of an unbeliever. But if I look further back in the chapter I see Jesus is talking to the church. Yes, the church, in Laodicea. These are believers who’s passion for Jesus and the Gospel has gone lukewarm. He wants to reconnect, to share a meal as friends, and He came all the way to them and is knocking on the door. Will they answer?

The important question is this: Will YOU answer?

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