LGD 055: Do You Hear Him Knocking?

Night street scene in Athens, Greece

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As we continue to move through the health pandemic, our lives are moving at warp speed. We seem to blink, and the day or week is gone. If we are not careful our lives will pass by in the blink of an eye.

Night street scene in Athens, Greece
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Athens, Greece

In 2011, I traveled to Athens, Greece on a missions trip. During our trip, we headed out around midnight to drop some team members off so they could minister to the women who “served” in brothels.

As our missionary host drove us around the streets of Athens, an eery feeling rested upon me as I photographed the dark and dimly lit streets.

We came to a street that had little white lights above the doorways. As you looked down the street, you saw white lights everywhere. I, naïvely thought, people wanted to protect their homes by leaving the “porch” light illuminated.

Our missionary host explained that each white “porch” light was a brothel. There was nothing but white “porch” lights as I looked down the street.

It’s been nearly ten years since I photographed that street, and the image is just as clear today as it was when I took the picture.

Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. He stands at the door to your heart and knocks.

Today, we see Jesus knocking on the door of our hearts. He says,

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Revelation 3:20

Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart. He wants you to open your heart. He wants to come in and have a conversation with you, and dine with you.

The action though, is you have to open the door. Jesus will not force His way in – you must take the action to open the door and receive what He is giving you.

Jesus hung out with sinners and saints. He met the woman at the well who was working on husband number six, and He made time for her. She was ready to receive Jesus’ gift of eternal life.

We have a wonderful opportunity to help someone along their faith journey, by encouraging them to open the door to their heart and accept Christ.

For some, they open the door on the first knock. For others, it takes forty years for the door to open. Jesus does not give up after the first few knocks. He continues to pursue us. He wants to dine with you.

Will you open the door of your heart to Jesus, today?

You may have already opened your heart to Jesus, and that is fantastic. However, God may be asking you to join someone on their journey and help them open the door to Jesus.

Listen carefully, you may hear Jesus knocking on someone else’s heart, and He might just use you to help them open the door.

Prayer: Lord, help me to hear you knocking at the door of my heart. Use me to help guide others to answer the door. Thank you for pursuing me, and not giving up on me. Thank you for being the God of second, third, fourth, and endless chances. May I have the courage today to open the door or to help someone else open the door to your free gift. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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