Revelation 3:20 reads, “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking: if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you and you with me.”
What is interesting and compelling for me is not just simply the gravitas of this passage: it is written on a bookmark that belonged to my father—a bookmark that I discovered decades after his passing—as if I was not meant to discover this message from my father about his faith journey until my own had begun.
Here in Matthew 7 we find the converse of the message of Revelation—God is inviting us to knock at his door; which at our simple request will be opened for us. This offer is one of salvation for each of us, no matter what.
We knock, we enter, we surrender, we are forgiven—a new heart is given to us, and we find a new life.
The Reverend Deacon Paul K. Bates Grace Church Waterdown.