Open The Door
Posted: Monday, December 12
Verse of the day:
Look! 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)
In the early 90’s, my grandfather pastored a small church in Sedona, Arizona. The church grounds and parsonage were a pristine example of red rock beauty. The back entrance of the church lead to a gravel trail that scribbled up the hillside to a parsonage—a simple home that would be considered modest were it not for the million dollar view from the back patio. This desert wonderland was my childhood sanctuary. With the memories I hold, the boundaries between reality and imagination have all but disappeared.
I do remember a painting of Jesus that hung in the red rock home. A white-robed Jesus stands knocking at a wooden door. His countenance is ernest. The response is unknown. The painting was once explained to me. The door is my heart, and Jesus is asking to come in. Twenty years later, I have a few additional questions. Can’t Jesus open the door for himself? If God truly loves the world, why not kick down the door? Why not mandate forgiveness? Why not insist that every soul willing or unwilling be redeemed by Christ’s love?
“If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in.” The inversion of this statement seems obvious yet more challenging to accept. “If you hear my voice and do not open the door, I will not come in.” In Walter Sallman’s painting of Christ at Heart’s Door, he intentionally omits any kind of knob or latch from the outside of the door. The message is simple and true.