“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. (Rev 3:20 NKJV)
Most people don’t like solicitors. You know who I’m talking about, people who walk through the neighborhood knocking on doors trying to sell you all kinds of things: insurance, siding, a new citrus cleaning solution, etc. We usually put up signs for these folks – “NO SOLICITING”.
Why are we against someone coming to our door to sell us something or ask something? A variety of reasons come to mind:
- Our home is our home. Don’t bother me.
- If we want it, we’ll go find it. Don’t bother me.
- We guard our time…it’s “my” time. Don’t bother me.
- We categorize our lives into: home life, work life, personal life, etc. Don’t bother me in a “life category” that I don’t want you in.
When someone comes by that we don’t want to talk to – that we don’t want in our “personal life” we just choose to not answer the door. We say “no” to their solicitation.
Jesus is the ultimate solicitor.
He wants in; but he doesn’t force himself in. He’s not the kind of guy that puts his foot in the door and talks to you through the crack until you give up and open the door all the way. He knocks – He wants in – But he doesn’t force. Either open the door or don’t, it’s up to you on how much of your life you’ll allow him to direct.
As an aside – this verse is taken out of context frequently. It is often used in a evangelism sense, “open the door and let Jesus save you.” But it is written to the Lukewarm believers at Laodicea. Jesus doesn’t say they are not saved; but that they have become distracted, apathetic, passionless, overwhelmed with life, consumed with _____________ , etc. The Laodeceans were believers; but were treading water in the pool of lukewarm religiosity.
They had elevated religious activity above their relationship with Jesus. They had bought a bill of goods that activity and works are enough. As important as works, and witnessing, and Christian activity are – they cannot replace a vital, daily, surrendered walk with Jesus.
Can I confess something? I am a “doer”. I like to do things; set and achieve goals; motivate people to work for the Lord; make visits; start projects and ministries, etc. In High School we had to sell magazine subscriptions to fund our senior trip. The prize was an under the dash “cassete player”. Yes, I won it. I didn’t only win it – I totally killed the competition. I think I sold double the next person behind me. I’m wired to “do”. It’s probably why I was drawn to church planting…there’s so much to “DO” (and still is).
I have to schedule my time with the Lord. I have to make it a priority. I have to intentionally open the door and let him in every area of my life. If I don’t, it’s the spiritual rat race…which I hate and end up despising. When I get to that point, I faintly hear Jesus knocking and saying, “Shawn, why don’t you let me in and rest in me. I’m here – I can help – I’m more than enough.” When I do that the world and my life takes on a better perspective.
Last year I found a song by Jesus Culture which helped me with Jesus the solicitor. It’s convicting, it’s repetitive, and it hits this “doer” where I live. Jesus the solicitor wants into my life; he wants to dine with me; he wants in every part of it…not just the areas I neatly carve out for him to be a part of. Typically he won’t “Relent” (the song title) and will keep knocking until I answer. When I open that door – everything is better.
How about you? Does Jesus have access to every part of your life? Or just the areas you want him to. Where is he in your priority pyramid?
Read the whole passage in Revelation 3 and listen to this song. Take some time to see where Jesus is knocking.