BIBLE MEDITATION: “Jesus said, “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. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:20-21 (NIV)
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Have you ever been afraid to open your doors? There was a time when people were more trusting and neighbors were more trustworthy. This was a time when people slept with their front doors open and could even leave home and simply pull their doors shut without locking them. This was possible because they felt safe, secure in the knowledge that their neighbors were friends and all visitors came with good will. Today that feeling of security does not exist. The prospect of danger and hurt is real and many live in fear. Not only do we keep our doors shut, but they are usually locked, bolted and chained. Despite our fears, there are times that we lose out, if we fail to answer the door.
Consider the eccentric old man who kept his fortune in his home but worried constantly about someone taking it. He rarely left his home and as he advanced in years became so paranoid that he would not leave at all. Living on bread and water he locked himself inside of his home and refused to answer the door. Neighbors, concerned about him, started coming to check on him. Each time they would knock he would shout “go away, you can’t have my fortune!” and the neighbors would leave. The women, noticing that he must be running low on food started bringing bags of canned food to his garage door. But again, as they knocked he answered “go away, you can’t have my fortune!” The cans of food began to accumulate at his garage door. The grass grew in his yard, and he home was generally unkept. It became obvious the man was in trouble. The neighbors called the police. They knocked and received no answer and finally decided to break the door down. Once inside, they found the old man, dead on his bed, having starved himself to death. His mattress was stuffed with $100 bills and just a few feet from the garage door there stood hundreds of cans of food. As the coroner filled out his death certificate he wrote in the space marked “cause of death” the words “he wouldn’t open the door.”
ACTION POINT: Today there are many people who miss opportunities in life because they have shut themselves away from life’s opportunities out of fear, doubt, or distrust. Their refusal to avail themselves of the opportunities that Lord offers them has made them virtual hermits. They cannot achieve because they will not. As Christians, we might lock the doors of our homes, but we should always keep the doors of our hearts open to receive the Word of God and to allow his spirit to move in our lives. If we miss the opportunity to share in the experience of his presence it won’t be because opportunity didn’t knock, but because we wouldn’t answer! Jesus said any person that hears his knock and opens to him will share in the sweet communion of his fellowship. Those who do not share in the fellowship will miss out, only because they “wouldn’t answer the door!”
In His Love & Service, Pastor Larry E. Campbell, M.A., MDiv.