Revelation 3:20,20 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.
Once there lived a devout priest. He was in the habit of saying his prayers thrice a day. In every prayer he expressed his desire to see God. One morning during his routine prayer he felt a presence around him. He heard a voice, ‘Dear son, Today I will be with you in your house’. The priest was very thrilled when he heard it. He cleaned his house and the surroundings. He prepared many tasty dishes to welcome the Lord and also gathered some fresh fruits. But the Lord did not visit him until evening. Instead there came three beggars at his doorstep. The priest was saddened deeply. He then went to sit for his evening prayers. He prayed fervently and complained to the Lord that the Lord did not visit him as said. He heard the voice again which came to him in the morning. The voice said to him,’ Dear Son, I visited your house thrice today. But son, you did not even offer a glass of water to me. Neither did you give me a set of your old clothes which I asked for. I was hungry and exhausted but you did not give me any food.’ The priest while waiting for the Lord did not give alms to the three beggars who had approached him, which was opposite to his nature since he earlier gave freely. At that moment the priest remembered the three beggars who had visited him during the day. Realizing his mistake, the priest wept bitterly. The voice came to him again. ‘ Dear son, what use is it crying now? I came to your door thrice but you did not offer me anything’. Mathew 25:42, For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.
Our Lord is the symbol of humility. He is one who asks of us and also loves to stay/live with us. He is a friend who rejoices in our joy.
1.Luke 5:3, 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. Here we see Jesus asking Simon(Peter) to set the boat out for Him to talk to the people. This is because Jesus owned nothing of His own.
2.John 4:7,7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” Jesus is asking water from the Samaritan woman whom the Jews did not interact with.
3.Luke 19:5,5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Jesus asks Zaccheus that He wants to stay with him at his house.
4.John2:2, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. Our Lord partakes in our celebrations and joys.
Dear children of God, haven’t we all become selfish in calling upon Him only in times of trouble and in times of need. Our Lord is a living Lord. He loves us and wants us to make Him a part of our daily lives. He appears before us in several ways, only that we fail to recognize Him. What use is it to cry like the priest then????
There is no time bound or time limit as to when our Lord will come to us. Revelation 3:20, says that the Lord came at the time of supper. There is something special about that time; everyone in the family comes together to eat at that time. Our Lord also wants to sit among us at that time.
The Lord can enter our house only when we open the doors when He comes knocking. Before opening the doors think, is our house worthy enough to welcome Him? If not, then eliminate the shortcomings to welcome Him. Sometime what we consider trivial might be a big thing for the Lord. Let us remove all the big and small issues from our lives that can stop Him from entering our houses. The Bible says that a house that welcomes Jesus as Saviour is blessed and filled with joy. Do not become one who denies/rejects these blessings. The opportunity once lost will never come back.