I Stand & Knock
So yesterday I wrote about Christianity being a personal relationship with Jesus.
In this time of Lent, we have an opportunity to look at our lives and take stock. By doing that, we can choose either to carry on as we are, or we could choose to change the things that are wrong with our lives. I won't pretend that it will be easy, sometimes it is extremely hard to do, but it is not impossible.
William Holman Hunt was an English Painter born in 1827. One of his paintings was Light of the World (1851-1853); you may have seen it. Jesus is depicted standing, preparing to knock on an overgrown door, that hasn't been open for a long time.
The painting is an illustration of 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. BibleGateway
The door has no handle and, therefore, it can only be opened from the inside. God will never force His way in to our lives, He knocks and it's up to us whether or not we answer. He is waiting for us to accept Him. We don't and won't ever have, all the answers, however, if we accept Jesus as our Saviour, and worship Him.
I led the service on Sunday at my church. I spoke about how we need to tell those we love, that we love them and show them that we care about them. If we do, our loved ones will respond lovingly also.
If we respond to God's call to accept and love Him, we won't have a magic wand waved over our lives, but we will receive a strength and a peace that passes all understanding. Life will still be tough, but we will be better equipped to deal with it.
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Holman Hunt, The Light of the World, 49.8 x 26.1 cm, Manchester Art Gallery, 1851-56 | © Dmitry Rozhkov/WikiCommons