Monday, August 15, 2011

Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Avocado who?
Avocado a cold!

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Tarzan who?
Tarzan stripes forever!

Knock Knock.
Who’s there!
God Who?
God the Father.... Come on in my child.

Ahhh, gotta love a good knock knock joke huh? Sure, they can get a little corny and slightly obnoxious after awhile (Knock knock... who's there... orange... Orange who? Orange you glad I'm not gonna tell any more jokes!?) But here's the thing-- we can joke all we want to about Tarzan, avocados and oranges, but it is pretty serious (and awesome) business when it comes to knocking on God's door. He loves us and will let us in! Hence the third part of Luke 11:9 "Knock and the door shall be opened unto you." 

If that isn't a legit promise from Him, then I don't know what is! By asking, seeking, then knocking, we can enter into his presence by living through Him in our everyday lives here are on Earth. As with most "doors," there are two sides-- we can invite Him to come hang out with us right now this very second, then someday he will invite us to literally join Him in heaven. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 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 him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:14, 20.)  Pretty sweet huh? 

Just like a great knock knock joke, asking, seeking then knocking is a great way to "break the ice." God is romancing you, and while I haven't heard many success stories about knock knock jokes being used as pick up lines, He is knocking on the door to your heart. Song of Solomon 5:2 says "Beloved I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one." You have a Key to God's heart, and He has one to yours... Do you hear him knocking on your heart's door? Go ahead, open up and let Him in! 

Maybe you already know Christ (YAY!) so you are wondering what this "knocking" business has to do with you... Well, how many doors in your life are you requesting to be opened? Can you open the heart of another to the Lord? Can you dive in even deeper with your relationship with the Lord? Ask for it. Seek Him. And knock. 

Yes, some knock knock jokes might flop a little bit, especially when they get on the corny side of things. But when you knock for God or answer when He knocks, it isn't like a door-to-door salesperson situation. It doesn't have to be awkward. Don't be afraid. Have faith. He won't laugh at our disheveled appearance or tears or giddy laughter. Instead, it is a joyous occasion, a freedom of abiding in his presence. He WANTS to let us in, so we can forever lay on his thousand dollar rug. (For "rug" clarification, see earlier blog post "Now That's Some Heavy Metal)

"Fear Knocked. Faith Answered. No One was there." 

If you knock, the doors according to God's will shall be opened for you. Luke 11:10 affirms the rewards and experience of asking, seeking, knocking... "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

So go ahead, share one of your favorite knock knock jokes with a friend, family member or even a stranger. Then tell them that they too can knock on His door. We can seek Him. Ask that His will may be done. Because of this, we will be in His presence and in the words of Bob Dylan, we can be "Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door!" 

Asking, Seeking, Knocking, 

"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked." Psalm 84:10

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