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Get the Door

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I grew up in a household with five siblings. Each of us had our own circle of friends. My mother also had her own associates. This meant we would have visitors quite often. Our home was like a busy diner or airport terminal. Neighborhood kids would stop by for a hot meal or to check some "baggage" for a few hours of stress-free living. My mother's hospitality created this kind of environment and for that I am appreciative. But there is one thing I hated about my mom's hospitality. It wasn't necessarily the fact that we would have visitors. I liked having people over. I hated the fact that my siblings were lazy.

Having a hospitable mother and lazy siblings meant one thing. I was delegated the task of answering the door. Without fail, every time someone came and knocked on the door no one wanted to answer. We'd either be collectively lounging around watching television or each off doing our own thing. This interruption in our lives would take all of that away. We had more important things to do. That was until I heard the authoritative voice of our mother say, "John, get the door!" In that moment, everything I thought was so important ceased to exist. Answering the door became my first priority.

In many ways, God is the same way. His voice is what prompts us to answer Christ's call at the door. We lounge around in life caught up in the mundane things we do every day. Wake up, shower, work, school, dinner, television, sleep. When Christ comes knocking, we're interrupted. Not that we don't want His company. Like my family, we enjoy the company, but only when the person gets through the door. It is the answering of the door that is the issue.

We get so busy and caught up in what we are doing that we miss the knock and risk missing the very one who should be the Guest of Honor.

Here's what I learned about being the one in the house who finally stopped what I was doing to answer the door. I was the first person to speak to the visitor. In essence, I would get a fresh word from the person. Do you feel like you miss hearing God's voice in your life? Do you want a fresh word from God? Get the Door!

Jesus stands outside uttering these words:

"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 NKJV)

In order to hear the voice of God we must be willing to leave the comfort of our everyday-ness and answer the door of revelation when Christ comes knocking. It is then that He will come in and dine with us. You ever ate with others before? Eating with someone is one the most intimate things you experience. What happens? Stories are shared. Laughs are shared. Most of all, hunger is satisfied. Are you hungry for God? Do you miss His presence in your life? The answer might be as simple as you doing one thing: Get the Door!

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