Steph had quickly got ready and walked over to our house and been ringing our door bell for the last five minutes.
Reference: v.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 them, and they with me. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: The other day I offered to take my 16 year old daughter, Joy, out to the shops with her friend Steph. Steph only lives just around the corner from our house and so she had mentioned to Joy that she would only be a couple of minutes. Joy went upstairs to get ready herself and in the process turned her stereo up to it's usual high frequency. As I knew we would be heading out soon, I went out the back to hang the washing on the line so it could start drying while we were gone. I came back in to the house about 10 minutes later to see I had three missed calls on the phone… all from Steph. She had quickly got ready and walked over to our house and been ringing our door bell for the last five minutes. No one had answered and so she presumed we had left without her and so she started walking back home. After calling Steph back I went upstairs to chastise my daughter. She had invited her friend around but had not had the courtesy to listen out for when she would arrive. Steph had been very patient to wait for five minutes but was right to walk home when no one had answered the door.
Application: I think we can end up treating Jesus like that too. We invite Him in to our lives and know the joy, grace and love He will bring to us. But then we get preoccupied with other things going on in our lives. We put more time in to our careers than our faith; we read more about the news than we do our scriptures; we start off telling others about our faith but then find it easier to talk about the latest blockbuster movie. None of these things are bad or evil but when we place them in higher priority that our relationship with Christ then we put Him outside the door again. We are unbelievable fortunate that our Saviour is so gracious that He waits for us at the door, however it is still our responsibility to put off our own agendas and prioritize spending time with Him. Can you hear Him? He is standing at your door knocking. How will you respond?
Prayer: Lord, we do not deserve Your grace or Your patience. Thank you for accepting us and being willing to embrace us, even when we get our priorities wrong. Amen.
What priorities do you find often push Jesus back out the door?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.