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GOD

VANNA RUIZ

Revelation 3:20

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.

Do you remember the children’s story about the three little pigs who outwitted the big, bad wolf? I cannot tell you how many times I heard that story growing up. It’s a classic! The three pigs each build a house–one out of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks. Then the big bad wolf comes knocking on the door of the first pig saying, “Little pig, little pig, let me in!” At the sound of his voice, the pig shudders in fear. When the pig refuses to let the wolf in, he huffs and puffs then blows the house down. You know how the story continues.

When I read this verse in Revelation, it oddly reminded me of this story because it showed me the power of someone’s voice. I imagine, since the first two pigs were pretty lazy, their houses did not have windows. So, when the wolf came knocking on the door, the first pig had no idea it was him. However, the second the pig heard the big, bad wolf’s voice, it was clear who was knocking on the door of his little straw house. He refused to let him in. If the pig had heard a sweet, familiar voice of a trusted friend, he would have gladly invited the one on the other side of the door into his home.

Jesus’ words in Revelation reveal a beautiful picture of Him standing at the door of our lives and requesting an invitation. He did all the hard work on the journey to get where you are. He comes right to where we are, but will not force his way through the door. Not like the big, bad wolf. Jesus is far more interested in a reciprocal invitation than a forced interruption. He is the sweet, familiar voice asking to come spend time with you. He came all this way to be with you, and He patiently waits for you to recognize His voice and open the door.

You do not have to clean up the house or prepare a feast to present to Him when He comes in. Jesus wants time with you: time in your life and in your heart to show you the beauty of His presence. Will you open the door and invite Him in as you hear Him say “Here I am!”?

QUESTION 1. How have you responded to Jesus’ knocking on your heart today? ?
QUESTION 2. If your heart was a house, what would Jesus see when He walked in?
CHALLENGE: Imagine you are sharing a meal with Jesus; ask Him what it is He wants to say to you right now. Listen for His voice.