Revelations 3:20,21 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
A smiling ceramic frog sat on the porch with a “WELCOME” sign perched above him. The happy salesman lifted his hand to knock on the door when he saw another message below the doorbell, scrawled in angry red letters, “Do NOT Disturb!” The salesman left the house shaking his head in confusion at the conflicting message.
Do we put out a welcome sign in front of our lives only to annul the invitation by selfish preoccupation? And what good is hospitality if we loathe being inconvenienced or even emotionally challenged by our acquaintances? Most of us fail to let others into our lives for fear of intimacy, annoyance or missing our favorite program.
Here is the problem. When we post a sentry at the door of our hearts who forbids all noxious input, we also prevent the blessings of healthy, edifying relationship. If you say, “fine, that’s the way I like it,” then you are no friend of Christ, who Himself knocks at the door of our hearts and bids us to open up and allow access to Him and to any He brings to our doorstep.
Spirit, though I sigh and groan
Grant a heart of flesh, not stone
Confer a life of foes and friends
Don’t let me live and die alone.