12/12/19: Revelation 3:7-22; Psalm 131:1-3; Proverbs 29:23
Reflect a bit – you have probably seen this picture …
It is an representation of Jesus standing before an old wooden door. He is often portrayed carrying a shepherds hook. And he is gently knocking on the door, leaning forward as if listening. And the passage inspiring this picture is:
Revelation 3:20 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.
Look closely at the picture and you will see something a bit odd — there is no doorknob on the outside. The original of this painting was made by English artist William Holman Hunt. When asked about this oddity he replied, “Oh! No, I didn’t forget the handle. When Jesus knocks on the door of your heart – the handle’s on the INSIDE.”
The analogy is clear – Jesus will not force himself on us. He invites but the decision is ours. And the very next verse tells us what a reward we receive!
Revelation 3:21 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.