What do you do when someone knocks on your door? We really only have a couple options. One is to run and hide, pretend like we’re not home, and hope the bad people go away. I was like this on Halloween, this past Tuesday, as we had no candy to give out and wanted to avoid having our boys scared by all the ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and clowns walking up and down our street. With the advent of the cell phone, and the internet, very rarely is someone knocking on our door unannounced that we would want to meet. That leaves the likelihood of the person at the door being an enthusiastic salesman trying to sell us something we don’t need and can’t afford. I don’t have time for that.
The other option is to bravely open the door to the stranger with the expectation that you will be meeting a new friend or have some great new opportunity. Sometimes when we answer the door, it can turn out really well. My life significantly changed for the better a few years ago when I opened up the door for the solar panel salesman who ended up saving us thousands of dollars in electricity costs. Often neighborhood children will come by and knock on the door to play with our boys. It is great to see them and hopefully we can be a witness for Christ in our neighborhood.
Whatever our personality, it only makes sense to evaluate the person knocking at our door. We don’t want to waste our time or let an unsafe person in, but sometimes we need to take the risk, peek through the window, and open the door to some fresh air and a new opportunity. What if Jesus was the one knocking at our door. Would we leave Him there knocking, out in the cold, or welcome Him inside?
This weekend we’ll be wrapping up our study of the seven churches of Revelation by looking a church where Jesus was knocking on a door and inviting those inside to an incredible adventure. Revelation 3:20 is a familiar passage to many of us, yet rarely have we taken the time to carefully study its context- how it applied to the church of Laodicea and how it applies to us today.
I invite you to join with us this weekend as we study and learn about the irresistible invitation of Jesus from Revelation 3:14-22. Our socially distanced service is Saturday afternoon at 3:30, and our Sunday morning service is at 10:15, where you can join us online or in person. We also have Sunday School classes at 9 for all ages.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to pursuing Christ, Community, and the Great Commission Together with you soon!
-Pastor Nathan Rice