“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.” Revelation 3:20
One Saturday morning, the solicitors were back in our neighborhood again, persistent as ever. They rang the doorbell, knocked, shouted out a series of hellos, and waited for me to answer the door.
I had too much to do that day. I did not want to be bothered, so I ignored the knocks. I knew they would eventually move on if I just waited.
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, often stands at our front door, knocks, and waits for an answer. Yes, his gentle thumps can be hard to hear at times, but he makes it our choice to either swing open the door or ignore him.
Sometimes Jesus’ quiet knocks come by way of our brothers and sisters who are homeless, suffering, and alone. They are seeking help from you and me. When we reach out to them, we answer his knock and allow him, and those he places in our lives, to enter the door to our hearts — the selfless heart that God placed in us when we received Jesus into our lives.
We cannot close our ears to Christ’s steady knocks and think he will give up. He never will. Jesus wants us to welcome him in with hearts hungering to spend time with him. And when we invite him into our hearts, our Savior will open heaven’s door to us, the one that someday leads to our journey home.
Lord, I am often too focused on my to-do list. Help me from blocking out your knocks. Instead, let your gentle and persistent knocks at the door of my heart be a valuable reminder to stop and pay attention to you. Amen.
“Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” Hebrews 11:19
“Christianity requires too much blind faith, I need reason and evidence behind what I believe.”
Have you ever heard someone dismiss Christianity with a statement like this? In the eyes of many, the Christian faith is a leap into the unknown, a belief that goes beyond rationality, like the “wish upon a star” fairy tale. If I’m honest, faith sometimes feels that way to me too.
But biblical faith is anything but a blind wish. The verse above employs an interesting word — reasoned. The Greek word translated as ‘reasoned’ here is logizomai. A note in Strong’s Concordance, an index of all the words used in the Bible, reads: “If I ‘logizomai’ or reckon that my bank book has $25 in it, then it has $25 in it. Otherwise I am deceiving myself. This word refers to facts not suppositions.”
Abraham’s faith that God would fulfill his promise despite the fact God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, came from a well-reasoned consideration of the facts. God had promised to multiply Abraham’s lineage through Isaac, and time and again he had shown himself to be powerful and trustworthy.
We act with similar faith every day. We have faith that the chair we sit on will hold up. We trust our vehicles to carry us from home to office. These faith choices aren’t blind, but reasonable since these objects have already done the very things we trust them to do. As long as they’re still in working order our trust in them is warranted.
What matters, then, is the object of our faith. Abraham reckoned that the object of his faith, God, was worthy of it. Will we?
Lord, you have indeed shown yourself faithful and trustworthy, most prominently through your Son, Jesus. Forgive me for the times I’ve failed to trust you. Build the strength of my faith by allowing me to see and know you more clearly, and give me opportunities to explain to those who don’t yet know you that faith in you is not blind, but reasonable. Amen