Think of how it would be to invite your best friend over to your home for dinner. Would you prepare his or her favourite food, or is the right dessert maybe the most important part of your planning? What would you talk about?
Shauna Niequist describes so beautifully what dining together is about:
“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.”
― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way (from Goodreads)
Are you starting to see that dining with somebody special is much more than just the standard, safe option for a first date?
In the first few chapters of the book of Revelation, there are messages from Jesus to several churches. And here we find the well known words of Revelation 3:20 – written to lukewarm believers!
Revelation 3:20 (WEBBE): 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.
Stop for a moment, and read that verse again. Think about each word before moving on to the next!
Think again of inviting your friend over for dinner. Before he or she arrives, everything is quiet. And then you hear a knock at the door. It could be anyone at that point. But then you hear your friend calling out to you through the door, and your heart soars. This is the moment you have been waiting for! You sit down to eat life giving food together, and you share with each other the important details of your lives.
Jesus wants to have such meaningful encounters with each and every one of us. He stands at the door and knocks, not just for an instant in time, but as long as it takes for us to open up. He calls out to each of us by name, so that we can hear His voice and know who it is that is at the door. And when we open, He shares with us His Words that are life giving, and He listens to all of our stories even though he knows them all already. And we get to know Jesus a little better, from a personal encounter.
So what are you waiting for? Open the door!