Doors. We all have them. In fact, most of us have many doors. Our homes have closet doors, bedroom doors, bathroom doors, and front doors. Our garages have giant doors, and our sheds have small doors. Some doors are painted brightly, while others blend in with the white door jams. Some have triangular windows, and some have fancy doorknobs. But what they all have in common is that they all have hinges – the ability to open and close.
Our lives have doors as well. To the physical eye, we don’t know what color they are or whether or not they have a window. But to God, they are real and hang on hinges all their own. At any given moment, we can choose to have our door open or shut, locked or unlocked.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
Jesus is standing at the door of our lives, knocking and calling out for admittance. It’s up to us what kind of door we will be when He pays a visit. Will we be a locked door, a closed door, an ajar door, or an open door?
Just like a house down the street, it’s possible to have a locked door when Jesus calls. The door may be locked at the door knob, or even bolted from the inside just to be sure. This kind of door grieves Jesus’ heart for it tells Him that He is not welcome. It’s a sign of rebellion, and unwillingness to surrender to His entrance. In many ways it is hypocritical, for to everyone else’s eyes, the home may seem solid, polished, and ornate. But to Jesus, who can see through doors, it’s only a façade. It’s a deceiving entry way into the life of a self-serving home owner. While the entrance seems lovely, the inside is tarnished and dirty. Jesus is not welcome, and is left on the doorstep without anyone even answering the door bell.
A closed door could be potentially just as bad. However, closed does not necessarily mean locked. The absence of a lock is a sign that the owner may still have a tender heart toward Jesus’ call. They may still have obstacles to overcome and unbelief to conquer, but Jesus still has a chance to feel welcome. It may take time. With Jesus’ patient persistence, however, the closed door can become an open one.
It’s not very often that we see a door ajar. It’s usually wide open or firmly shut, but is rarely open enough to give a teasing sneak peek into the owner’s private lives. A slightly open door is better than a closed one, however, because it indicates a more welcoming attitude. But it also portrays a tentativeness – an insecure hesitancy to completely open up. Though it may seem to withhold itself, it also indicates a willingness to consider. This door is much easier for Jesus to gain entrance to as the owner has already been contemplating letting Him in.
The greatest door of all, of course, is an open door! When Jesus steps foot on the porch, the door is already open and waiting for His entrance. He doesn’t have to ring the door bell, or knock a dozen times before He gets a response. The open door welcomes Him immediately without hesitation. The door is not only open for Him to greet the owners; it is also open for Him to come in and visit, to even make His home there. This is the door Jesus is looking for!
Jesus is consistently standing at our doorstep, requesting entrance to every part of our lives. It first begins with a desire to be our Lord and Savior. Once we have opened the door to our hearts, though, many other doors must be open to Him. We all have opportunities to choose His entrance in some areas of our lives, but not into others. It may be easy for us to allow His entrance and Lordship into the area of finances, yet very difficult for us to unlock the door to our relationships. We may gladly unbolt the door to our area of service in the church, but keep the door to our entertainment solidly bolted.
Jesus, however, wants access to every room in our lives. His Lordship doesn’t just stop at allowing Him to wash away our sins. It continues into our daily lifestyles. He is never truly Lord, until He’s the Lord of it all.
Unlike a thief, He will not pick our lock or force his way through a window. He eagerly waits for us to willingly open the door on our own. While a thief is forceful and demanding, Jesus beckons with His voice for us to follow. He calls for us, as the doorkeeper of our own hearts, to unlock the doors.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:1-5
Many “robbers” will try to pose as the “shepherd,” enticing us to open the door for them instead of for God. They may even sneak their way in through a window by pretending to be on God’s side. Sadly, they may come in such forms as friends, media, or even unbiblical messages from a pulpit. Regardless, if they enter wrongfully, bearing a wrong message against God’s Word, they are not legit. Their presence requires a solid kick from our boot, and a decisive bolt on our door!
The purpose of Jesus wanting entrance to our lives is for Him to “dine” with us. He wants a relationship with us unlike any relationship we have ever had. He wants to talk with us, revealing His love to us. He wants to show us the plan He has for our lives, so much greater than we could ever “ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). He wants to establish His residency, His Lordship, so that we can be truly His.
Our challenge today is to decide what kind of door we will be. Will we be stubborn and keep our door locked against His entrance? Will we keep it unlocked yet closed? Will we keep our door ajar, playing with the idea of letting Him in? Or will we throw our door open wide, gladly welcoming His entrance? If we choose the latter, we will be more than satisfied with His company!