Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
Now is the part where you say – who’s there? It’s annoying when you knock on a door and get no answer or speak to someone and get no response. It usually happens with those you love and can leave you feeling rejected. Jesus is knocking and is continually rejected. Sometimes after we invite Him in we fail to acknowledge His presence in our lives, or only allow him in some areas of our lives. We should acknowledge Him in ALL our ways. (Proverbs 3:5-6) I researched the definition of “acknowledge” and found a few meanings. It is about recognizing and respecting the authority of the one speaking, acknowledging their existence or presence, gratitude for a gift or something they have done, or receipt of a message or letter.
We call on the Lord to show himself to us, but He is already there. We complain about our situation rather than acknowledge that God is present and able; we doubt. When we focus on thanking God and worship Him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13) we are acknowledging Him, and in that atmosphere, He is found. Faith requires hearing but also action. (Romans 10:17; James 2:14-26) Revelation 3:20 gives two pieces of instruction: 1) Hear His voice 2) Open the door.
When Jesus died on the cross, He gave His ALL, and sent a message saying, “I love you this much.” How will you respond? Sometimes we fear answering His call because we fear change. His plans for us are exceedingly greater than we could ever dream of (Ephesians 3:20) and He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) When God called Samuel He said, “Here I am!” When Jesus says, “Behold!” He is saying, Here I am! What then will you say?