Do you know any good “Knock, Knock” jokes? I have a hard time remembering jokes, but here are a few I think are really funny:
Juno I’m out here waiting, right?
Amosquito just bit me!
Bless you, and please cover your mouth next time.
Noah way to open the door?
Okay, enough Knock, Knock’s. Nothing like a little laughter to get us started though!
Have you ever had someone come knocking on your door, and stand there for several minutes knocking off and on? It’s kind of disturbing, especially if you’ve made the decision not to answer the door for whatever reason. If they keep knocking, there are probably two reasons why: 1) they know us personally and are determined to talk to us, and 2) they’re convinced we’re there and can hear them knocking.
We may not always want to talk to the person standing at our door knocking. But what if Jesus showed up one day? That day is today.
Jesus stands at the door to our heart. And He knocks. And knocks. And knocks. Not only that, He calls out to us. He knows we’re home. He knows that we can hear Him, whether we recognize His voice or not. He’s here. Waiting. Standing firm. Asking us to come toward Him and open the door.
On Friday we talked about how our life is like a pendulum and we often swing past God or move away from Him. But He promises that if we come close to Him, He will come close to us. Jesus confirms it. He stands before us and asks us to open up to Him. And if we do, He’s not going to stand at a distance on the front stoop of our life while we get to know Him.
Jesus is ready to come in, hang out, and share intimate time as friends.
That may sound odd to you. You may not know what that means or what it looks like to have Jesus come into your heart and make Himself at home. I certainly didn’t. But here’s a story that helped me understand.
A girl, Roselyn, had a friend that kept talking about a personal relationship with Jesus. Roselyn made fun of this and couldn’t understand it. She was Jewish so why would she want to hear about Jesus? But there came a day in her life, like today, when Roselyn heard about Jesus knocking on the door and wanting to come into her life. Just like He wants to come into ours. He won’t force His way in. We have to invite Him in. He’ll continue to knock. He’ll call out to us in various ways. He knows we’re here. He knows we can hear Him. And so He keeps knocking. Roselyn decided to test this idea of Jesus coming through the doorway of her life, and she invited Him over for dinner. She actually made a dinner and set a place for Him. She talked to Jesus as if He was there, and read Scripture to Him about Him from the Book of John (her friend had given her a Bible). And the next day, she talked to Jesus again by trying to pray for the first time. And then she played her guitar for Him. And began to sing to Him each day. As she opened up to Jesus, not only did He come in, hang out and share amazing moments as close friends, but Roselyn started to get to know Him. As her friend. As her Savior. As her protector and Lord.
Now Roselyn can’t imagine living without Jesus. Her life will never be the same again, all because she was willing to open the door and invite Him in.
Jesus is knocking on your door today. Will you answer? Don’t put it off thinking that He’ll be there tomorrow. None of us knows what tomorrow brings or how many times Jesus will come to our door. What we do know is that He’s knocking today. Invite Him in. Spend some time with Him. Get to know Him. What do you have to lose?
Knock, knock! Who’s there? 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.’” Revelation 3:20 (NLT)
May I pray?
Jesus, thank You for knocking on our door and asking to come in. We may be afraid. We may feel unworthy or ashamed. We may think You got the address wrong and meant to knock on our neighbor’s door. But Lord, here You are. Knocking on our door today. Give us the courage to open up. Even if we don’t know what to say. Join us as we open Scripture and read to You about You. Thank You that every time we invite You to join us, You gladly accept. Amen.
Q4U: How will you respond to Jesus as He knocks on your door today?