I Hear You Knocking

January 11, 2017

“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


Over sixty years ago, Dave Bartholomew wrote a song titled “I Hear You Knocking.” First recorded in 1955 by New Orleans rhythm and blues singer Smiley Lewis, the song tells of the return of a former love who is rebuffed at the door by the man she left. Here are the first four lines of the lyrics:

“You went away and left me long time ago

Now you’re coming back knocking on my door

I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in

I hear you knocking, go back where you been…”


Love is complicated. So is life. But what if the one knocking at the door was none other than the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ? And what if the door was your door?


Sound far-fetched? Hardly. It happens every day.


Every human heart longs for God – whether it knows Him or not. It is part of the human condition. There is an emptiness in every human heart that yearns to be filled, but nothing in this world, and no one of this world, can fill it perfectly.


That is why Jesus Christ stands at the door of your heart and knocks.


Perhaps you know His name or the sound of His voice.


But perhaps you don’t.


Maybe you once loved Him and even served Him.


But maybe you were disappointed – or hurt – or worse – by someone who supposedly represented Him.


Why the door of your heart is closed to the Son of God matters less than the fact that it is closed. And, truth be told, many of the best-intending hearts are closed to Him from time to time in our lives.


They are closed … when we think we already know what’s best for ourselves.


But still He knocks.


They are closed … when we are too busy climbing the ladders of success or planning our personal or professional paths through life.


But still He knocks.


They are closed … when we are afraid of what the Lord may ask of us.


But still He knocks.


Of all the things that could ever happen to us, the very worst is when God leaves us to our own plans and desires (Jeremiah 18:12, Psalm 81:12).


And so, through His Son, Jesus, God knocks. And He always will. Because He wants to give you eternal life (John 3:16). He wants to give you living hope (1 Peter 1:3). He wants to give you peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).


No matter who you are or where you are, and no matter what you have done or failed to do up to this point in your life, take a few moments, shut out the world, and listen for the still, small voice of God calling your name (1 Kings 19:12).


And open the door.


-- Dr. John Morris



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