Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to fling open the door of your heart wide and tell Jesus to come on in!
I’ve been thinking about this verse in Revelation. ” Here I am. 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.” Revelation 3:20.
We so often quote this verse as a salvation quote and because the Bible is so beautifully multifaceted and alive and active, it very much can be an invitation to salvation, and yet also a continual invitation for letting Jesus in daily, hourly, moment by moment.
Has anyone ever knocked on your door and you pretended to not be home? Maybe that’s just me…. I haven’t done this in quite a while, but there were times in the past when I would just let the doorbell ring and ring. There was no way I was answering the door no matter how long the knocking went on. A deep fear would grip me until the person left. Usually it was a sales person or a Jehovah’s Witness who were stopping by unexpectedly. They had good intentions, but I don’t do well with surprise visits even from friends. I think it’s about not feeling prepared.
Today, I am thinking of Jesus knocking on the door of my heart daily. Sure, I invited Him in when I accepted Him as my Savior. But if He continuea to knock on my heart for continual opportunties to sit and done and recieve from Him, I have to ask myself if I always answer the door.
I may be stressed out and worried about the outcome of a dilemma and instead of opening the door and letting Jesus speak peace to me, I sit and fret over every possible what if scenario.
I may be feeling lonely and instead of opening the door of my heart and asking for Jesus to comfort me, I mindlessly scroll through social media.
I may be in need of a financial breakthrough and instead of calling on Jesus and trusting Him with provision and Holy Spirit wisdom, I compound the problem with my own solutions.
This can manifest and look like a multitude of replacements for Jesus. The common denominator is that they will all fall short of Him.
He knocks daily to say, “Here I am.” He invites us to simply open the door and invite Him in to every situation.
Sometimes we don’t answer the door for Jesus but we look to the world to fulfill spaces in us that only He can fill.
When we turn to counterfeits instead of Jesus, they leaving us feeling empty, unsatisfied, and restless.
They may not even be “bad” things, but when used to replace Jesus and His comfort, His peace, His guidance, His wisdom, His love and joy and Presence, we get a counterfeit of the real deal available ONLY when we fling open that door and say, “I’m home Jesus! Come on in!”
And when you allow Him in, you get a meal with the King! You get it ALL! You get company so you’ll never be lonely. You get wisdom and advice from heaven. You get peace and healing. You get power for whatever lies ahead. You get filled to overflow with a multi course meal overflowing with everything you need. And if we learn to really sit and dine with Jesus, we will get so much more than if we eat and run.
One of my prayers has been for God to teach me to be still and just linger in His Presence. I don’t know how yet, but I so desire to learn to just sit and be with Him quietly without feeling like I should be doing something for Him. He will teach me though. I trust His gentle ways of training me up.
So if you need a fresh fill today, I encourage you again to open the door to Jesus for what you need and ask Him to help you learn to sit with Him to receive ALL He has for you.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord, we so desperately need Your help with this!! There are so many doors that tempt us with their temporary solutions and temporary quick fixes to our unsettled hearts. Lord, make us brave enough to close other doors that don’t provide true peace. Lord, show us how to be like Mary and just sit with You and soak up Your Presence. Teach us how to partake in a full meal from appetizers to main courses to dessert. Let us not leave our daily encounters with You until we have been fully satisfied and satiated with all You intended to give us. And let us operate in the world and interact with other from a place of spiritual fullness so that there will be no space in us to get filled up on the “junkfood” of the world that only temporarily satisfies and never nourishes. Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and mercy to keep knocking even when we go long periods without answering. You are such a good good Papa. Let our lives and our time honor You.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
3 thoughts on “Ever pretend you are not home?”
I’m joining you in this prayer today!
I so get this!
There are times I want to not answer the door for a visitor, and putting it into perspective I busy myself too much at times that I’m not always opening the door for Jesus either. I want to be aware of His presence but the invitation needs to be two way, meaning I need to allow Him in!!
Great attention-grabbing post Vanessa! Praying along with you!!
Great question! There have been times when I have wanted to pretend I was not home to some people, but this got me thinking – “Do I ever do that with the Lord?” Thanks for sharing!