With great anticipation I pulled into the parking lot. Jogging to the front door, I could see lights burning inside and people moving around. However, when I reached for the handle, the door was locked. The hours posted on the door confirmed I was too late. I would have to return another day.
You have probably felt similar frustration in arriving just minutes too late for your important transaction or appointment. Can I be honest? Sometimes if feels as though the proprietor must be inside watching the clock and spotting me get out of my car. They suddenly lunge for the door to lock it before I can get there. I am sure this is not true, but it does feel this way at times. I hope I am not the only one.
I’m hoping this blog today may help you relate to things in your own life. We are in this together. I was just wondering to myself how God must feel whenever we shut Him out. In a weird sort of way, I can see God rushing to the front door of our life throughout the day, but we’re not open for business. Have you ever read this verse below in the Bible? It is something to think about in our busy lifestyle.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
- Revelation 3:20 NLT
In other places in the Bible (John 10:9), Jesus is the Door or the Gate. He is always there, just waiting for us to knock and come on in. Jesus says it’s never too late; He never puts a closed sign out front. You don’t need an appointment at the Genius bar or the Doctor’s office to get a little help. Jesus says, “Just come on in.”
This weekend at Journey worship is the wrap up of our current series, Downside Up. It seems God has done everything possible to relate to each of us. He provides an open access through Jesus, the Door, and He pursues us relentlessly - knocking on the door of our hearts. My wrap up to this series is really about this one probing question: Are you OPEN to change?
I hope you will join us and bring a guest. It would be great if you began thinking and praying about how you’ve felt in the past when a door was locked and you couldn’t get in? I remember how lucky I felt when occasionally someone unlocked a door for me, even after hours.
God is ready always to help us become the best version of ourselves. Even if you’ve given up on organized church and felt shut out, try the Door called Jesus!