Jill Jarrell Newsome
He's Calling You, Are You Answering?
You have probably seen the picture of Jesus knocking on the door that has no outside handle. God will never force us to have a relationship with Him because we have free will. I recently heard a different interpretation of the men walking to Emmaus in the Bible. Jesus was signaling His intentions to go farther UNLESS He was invited in. Luke 24: 28, "As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther." I had never noticed, "Jesus continued on AS IF He were going farther."
Luke 24: 29, "But they urged him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.' So he went in to stay with them." All they had to do was invite Jesus in and He did the rest. Verse 30, "When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them." He sat and talked with them. Verse 31, "Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him." What did they do next? Verses 33,35, "They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem...Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread." When we know we have been in the Lord's Presence we have to share!
Jesus still stands at our door, knocking. He longs for us to respond and open all our closed doors. 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." When Jesus said, "anyone", He meant you! Are you afraid to open the door of your life to Jesus? Anyone can open the door. No one is too bad or too good. Just open the door, He will take care of the rest. He will come in, bringing joy and abundance to your life! He will come in ordinary moments and sanctify them. He is knocking on your door!
Our failures are no match for God's grace!