I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Rev. 3:20)

THE FAMILIAR PAINTING Christ at Heart’s Door by Warner Sallman is an artist’s interpretation of Revelation 3:20. This painting has been considered a visual parable. Jesus is standing at the door knocking. There is no doorknob on the outside, suggesting that we must open our hearts to Christ from within. Jesus is not forcing the door open from the outside; He is eager to enter the door of our hearts, but He is waiting for us to invite Him in.

We must listen for Jesus’ voice to know that it is Him knocking Then it is our choice to open the door and invite Him into our hearts and lives. He doesn’t knock only once; He knocks and calls our names again and again. Jesus is waiting to be invited in, to sit down and have a meal, to fellowship with us. Jesus also points out that He will eat with us and we with Him. He wants our input as well! What an honor to have Jesus sitting at our table, eating and enjoying fellowship with us.

Jesus yearns for us to hear His voice and invite Him in. He wants us to accept salvation and be able to spend eternity with Him. He wants a personal relationship with each of us.

Invite Jesus into your heart today.

Karen Doolaard lives in Michigan with her husband, John, where they attend Central Wesleyan Church. She is involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

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