"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;for I am gentle and humble in heart,and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11:29 *(NIV)
The open door works two ways. It's an invitation for us who need shelter and warmth but it must also be an acceptance. God issues the invitation to come. Come find rest, come find the peace and happiness you've been craving, the answers to all the questions that you have. But, unless you open the door to Him and let him in, the invitation remains just that- an invitation.
Imagine someone baking you a pie or a really nice cheesecake (insert your favorite treat here). You set it out but you don't take a slice from it. You never taste it. You will never be able to savour the melt in your mouth goodness, the satisfaction that comes, not just with a well-made treat but also with the knowledge that someone thought of you and made this.
The hand that stretches out in offer of help remains an outstretched hand if it isn't grabbed. The door that remains closed to the person knocking on the other side is just a closed door; keeping everything else out.
Now you might say that a closed door is a good thing especially in today's world. It keeps the unwanted out and it protects. Unfortunately, we have come to a place where the door not only keeps the unwanted but also keeps the needed out. We barricade ourselves inside and shut out the ugly and the beautiful. We need to feel the warmth that comes with friendship and being cared for; loved. We also need to be the ones doing the caring.
So what are our doors? Our hearts and minds. God wants us to open our hearts so He can fill it with love; love for Him and love for others. When we have love for others and practise it we have rest and peace. Sounds simplistic I know but I have found that sometimes the answer is simple and I am the one making it complicated with all my what ifs. Some of my happiest and most fulfilling moments have been when I opened up and put myself out for someone else, not expecting any reward or praise; just doing it because someone needed help.
God also wants us to open our minds to the possibility that He can give rest. He can and will provide true happiness. We have become educated and full of knowledge and that's great. We cheat ourselves if we don't try to be all that we can be (I do love the army's catch phrase) The downside to that is that all the knowledge robs us of our child like faith that God is and can. Remember when you used to believe in miracles?
Our doors don't have to be perfect. They can be scarred from time and the battles we have fought and lost. They can have holes and be falling off the hinge because of ill use and no care, or just old age, or they can be seemingly perfect in every respect. What they look like now is not the issue. What they'll look like when God is finished with them; that's something to look forward to.
Why not open up that door? Share one smile. Do one good turn. See what happens when you hear that knock on your door and you answer. "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." (1Samuel 3:10)
Matthew 7: 7,8
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds,
and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Why not take a few minutes to read:
* New International Version