A nurse in the pediatric ward, before listening to the little one’s chest would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with wonderment. But she never got a response to equal four-year old David’s. Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart.
“Listen, she said, “What do you suppose that is?”
He drew his eye brows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin.
“Is that Jesus knocking? he asked!
That story reminded me of a great Bible verse and a compelling invitation. They are the words of Jesus as John penned the letter to the church at Laodicea. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20)
The church at Laodicea was not on fire for the Lord. But they were not completely cold either. John said they were lukewarm. In other words, they were apathetic. They had become indifferent to the work of the Lord. They were satisfied with their spiritual lives. They had become lethargic regarding the need for spiritual growth and maturity. They had simply grown complacent. And the Lord was not happy!
God is not pleased with lazy, half-hearted Christians. He admonished them in very straight forward and strong terms. He told them to repent and get fired up again!
But the good news is that the Lord had not given up on them! He was knocking at the door to their heart. He was seeking entrance into their lives. He was willing and wanting to come in and enjoy a relationship with them.
Today, Jesus stands at the door of your heart. God made you with a deep spiritual longing. He created you with an inner sense of something greater than yourself. You can feel it when you look into the cosmos, or enjoy a beautiful sunset, or stand on the mountain top and view the beauty of God’s creation.
But you know it for sure, when you read His Word. When you hear His voice through the Gospel writers. When you come to a worship service and feel His presence. When you come before His throne. When you eat at His table.
Don’t be indifferent. Don’t become apathetic. Don’t get too satisfied with yourself. Jesus wants a relationship with you. He seeks entrance into your heart. He desires the prominent place in your life. He wants to come in. To sup with you. He wants you to open the door of your heart to Him. Will you?
What’s that? Hear that sound? Feel that beating inside your heart? Is that Jesus knocking?
The19th century hymn writer, Mary Bridges Slade, expressed this thought and Jesus’ invitation in this classic invitation song.
Who at my door is standing,
Patiently drawing near,
Entrance within demanding?
Whose is the voice I hear?
Sweetly the tones are falling;
“Open the door for me!
If thou wilt heed My calling,
I will abide with thee.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman