Answer The Door!
It’s a simple thing really. Someone has the graciousness to come calling on you and they knock on your door or ring your doorbell. Courtesy would dictate that upon hearing this that we would respond and seeing a friend at the door open it and invite them to abide with us.
A simple thing.
Note from Kip…
This would be in invitation. The knocking at the door is an announcement of preparation. The one outside has come to you and is prepared to invest their time with you. This is a gift of compassion for this person to have taken the effort to make their way to your door and announce their presence with the knocking on it. An invitation to abide in grace.
[ To the Church in Laodicea ] “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 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 3:14,20 (NIV)
In Revelation we are given the imagery of Jesus walking among the lamp stands which represent the seven churches. He’s come and is in their presence with them.
Each of these seven churches are represented by the lamp stands, He addresses individually for their faithful and not so faithful service to their Lord.
These seven churches though named after actually plantings of the the early church represent the conditions that exist in His church as a whole, in various bodies, groups, and individuals.
And he knocks, calls out for us, “Here I am!” He pauses a moment and then says, “If anyone hears my voice and opens this door, I’ve come to sit with you and share with you and you can share with me.”
The other Side of the Door
So often verse twenty is used as a call to salvation and while it well could be used in such a manner it really is a call to communion with the Lord. An opportunity for resolution and repentance. A cessation of what has engaged our hearts, minds and activities and brings us to set with and share with our Lord, in a most intimate setting.
In these discussions we often talk of the Love Jesus has for us. It laid heavy on my heart this morning that we talk about love again but not His love, but our own. The other side of this door where He is knocking, wishing to come in and share with us, His bountiful Love, Grace, and forgiveness.
If the person at the door is someone that we don’t care to spend time with, even though it might be rude we just might choose to ignore the doorbell, continue with what we were doing prior to the interruption. But if on the other hand this were someone we truly love, then there wouldn’t be a hesitance whatsoever. We would answer the door and open it wide welcoming the one outside to come inside to abide with us.
Do We Love Him?
I’m more convinced daily that we don’t return the love we should to our Lord.
Don’t feel I am pointing a finger at you, I am saying us, all of us. When I consider my love response to the Master, I am drawn almost always to the scene where Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him.
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
John 21:15-18 (NKJV)
We’ve heard it, read it, studied it, often many times.
I’m not going to go into deep analysis of this passage, there are ample Bible scholars that will do that in any depth you care to take this in. Rather, I want to take it all in as one complete meal we share with the Lord.
As. you read it, and do read it again if you haven’t really focused on reading it… but as you read it, what was Jesus seeking to convey to Peter?
I don’t believe that it is a big mystery, it’s about as simple as the message of Revelation 3:20. It’s the other side of the meal that Jesus talked about.
Peter had obviously accepted the invitation to dine with the Lord and the meal is over at this point and Jesus is saying to him in a very clear and unclouded manner something that we all need to pay attention to.
We’ve sat at the table. He’s imparted His Grace on us with His presence in our lives. He’s filled us full of the goodness of His Spirit and we abound in His blessings. And He asks us, “Do you love me?”
So what is our response? Are you kidding Lord? Of course I love you! Look at what you’ve done to show your love to me! How could I not love you?
And Jesus says, “prove it! Tend to my work. Feed my sheep.”
Be a Disciple, Make Disciples!
Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.
Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB)
That’s what it looks like. Jesus told us point blank, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.”
This is the resurrected Christ Jesus talking here in Matthew 28. How can we possibly deceive ourselves so much that when He states clearly that He has been placed at the highest authority in the universe, and He’s calling to us His subjects to go tend to His flock. Make Disciples of every nation. Teach them to obey everything He’s commanded us, because our “Jesus experience” was never intended to end with us.
Everything He’s done for us is so that we can turn about and do it for Him with others.
He was telling Peter, “It’s been a great time here dining with you, but it’s time to go out there and do my business. Be my Disciple, and disciple others. Disciple everyone you can, from everywhere you can.”
And He calls to us to do the exact same thing.
If you’ve not opened the door and let Him in to abide with you then it’s time you do. Talk to me, talk to another follower of Christ you know, or just get down and talk with Him by yourself. It’s time, and He knocks!
On the other hand, you opened the door, you’ve had the meal, and He’s said to you, “Do you love me?”
You of course have responded, “Lord you know I do!”
Prove it! Feed my sheep, go and make Disciples.
What is your love response?