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A door could be a real nuisance; yes even one’s own door! I remember distinctly, two times in the recent past when the door to my own house spoke to me in no unclear terms; NO ACCESS! Frustrating…
I had gone through a “hell of a day” and had been virtually day-dreaming about barging in, hitting the refrigerator and kitchen, and helping myself to something cold and refreshing; Alas!
It so happened that I wasn’t with my key and there was nobody else home to bail me in!
No matter how exquisitely crafted or elegantly framed, a door usually serves two basic purposes; to let (some)one in or to keep (some)one out.
Now most doors involve a key; and as such, knocking. It is widely considered a great rudeness to pass through a door without knocking; whether the door be physically present or not!
I remember with humorous admiration, villages in the more rural areas of Delta state, Nigeria, where I hail from. Many houses didn’t have any physical doors; and you could see right through, to the inhabitants therein. Yet you dare not take license and enter without a verbal “knock”! Laughs…
It is mandatory for the would-be guest to “utter a knock”, and WAIT, till the inhabitants explicitly invite them in. Only THEN could they pass through this “invisible iron door” and be treated with (sometimes) lavish entertainment! …Oh, those luscious, therapeutically spicy fresh-fish soups; yummy!
A door tells me there is something you value behind it. A keyhole on a door informs me access is conditional.
My knock shows you my respect for the boundary which you have created, even with my desire to be admitted.
I even utter my voice, I hail, subtly identifying myself in a way only us both (and a few around) could understand; I wait, hoping for an answer.
Now, if I happened to be your creditor, ermm, well events could take an unsavourily dramatic turn from there on; but well, I’m not! 🙂
I’m just a friend, maybe even an acquaintance. And so I get the answer I desire; that’s a good thing.
Or after waiting to no avail, I quietly turn back and leave. Maybe never to return again.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Some “Gods” bash in through your door. They hold a sword to your throat; or these days, a bomb! Accept me, or be massacred! Habba!!!
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Will you open readily to one whose voice you know not? He could as well be a thief! Or assassin.
What do you hear whenever you hear Jesus’ voice? What do you hear when you hear some “strange guy” preaching Jesus Christ? Listen well. …And again.
What do you perceive? What voice do you hear, when you read the Bible? Is it familiar? Does it sound like someone you would want to welcome in? Sup with? Consider.
My friend, the Bible says the “…kingdom of God is within you…” Luke 17:21.
This was Jesus’ answer to those extremist Pharisees who asked for a sign that He truly is from God. And it remains His answer today. The Father in Heaven has given you an ear to hear His voice. No matter how still, no matter how small. He trusts, I believe, that you’ll hear all the same.
The “soul that sinneth shall die”, and “without holiness, no man shall see God”. Also “we are all clay in the Potters’ Hands” and “God is in Heaven and does as He pleases”.
Because ALL men have sinned, God divinely conceived His son, Jesus Christ through a woman, Mary, to suffer, though He is righteous, as though he had sinned, on our behalf. He thereby took all punishment for mankind’s sin. It is finished.
Jesus Christ has been given the power to give Life to whosoever believes in God the Father, through Him.
He has told me to tell you that He is coming back, NOW, to judge the world into hell and take all those who believe in His Name and obey His commandments into Eternal Life.
I pray that He grants you the Grace to follow Him, even to the end, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.