Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. (Rev. 3:20)
Expanded Passage: Revelation 3:20
Mystery Date was a board game popular among my preteen girlfriends. Players opening the game’s door hoped to find the perfect date instead of the “dud.” We would giggle, anticipating the day when the “perfect boy for us” would knock on our front door. Secretly, we wondered if any perfect boy would want to date us.
Every door has two sides. Every knock involves two people: one seeking entry and one deciding admission. The door’s owner has a choice: open the door or keep it closed. The owner controls entry.
The Holy Bible is the narrative of a perfect God desiring to be with “duds,” imperfect people contaminated by sin. From Genesis through Revelation, God knocks on the door to people’s hearts, wanting to abide with them, and God’s creation decides if God can enter. Once God enters, “duds” are transformed through God’s love.
How does God’s creation know it’s safe to open their hearts to God? The decision begins with recognition and, more specifically, relationship. People more readily open themselves up to someone they trust.
Page after page, the Bible reveals God’s trustworthiness. We read story after story about “duds” who become heroes of the faith, eventually obtaining eternal perfection.
Faith is not a game. Speak boldly to others about the God who stands at the door and knocks, and why their door should be opened. Perfection awaits.
Help others recognize God’s voice.
Janelle Vernon serves The Wesleyan Church as executive director of Communication and Administration, general secretary, and publisher for Wesleyan Publishing House.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.