Earlier today I was doing some people watching.
I like to people watch and I am often curious what motivates people to do what they do.
And what causes them to make the decisions they make.
I love to ask people this question, “I am not as curious as to what you did, but, why did you do that?”
That thought led somehow to this thought.
How many things are there in our lives that we feel are hidden from others but we wish somehow God knew of them.
Which He does any way.
Or that some understanding soul would come into our lives that would understand.
Which led to this thought.
What lies behind every front door in America?
We see a house from the street and we think, “How beautiful. It must be wonderful to live there.”
When in fact behind that front door may be some of the most heartbreaking circumstances imaginable.
The point being that we often judge others by what we see on the outside, without really knowing what is reality on the inside.
My guess is, including in my own home, there are matters that every family deals with in some form and that is very trying.
Remarks made behind that front door that would never be said on the outside, to others.
Attitudes reflected inside that would never be demonstrated on the outside.
All families deal with this.
I looked today at a scripture that I have read and heard all my life, but this time in a different way.
It is this.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
I have always heard that passage taught that Jesus is knocking at the door, and that we should open the door and let him in.
And that hardness of heart keeps us from opening the door.
I disagree with that.
As of today I do anyway.
Yes, some may not open their lives to Christ because of true hardness.
However, I feel that many will not open that door because they are ashamed of what Christ will see when He does come in.
He will see their seemingly perfect life in shambles.
Their picture perfect marriage in trouble.
Their “All American” children on the edge of disaster.
Their past mistakes.
A very messy life.
They do not understand that Christ wants to come in to clean up the mess and pick up the pieces of a broken perfect family.
That is why he is knocking.
And until we as Christians, who proclaim to follow a merciful Christ can realize that behind every front door in America there are problems that need to be given to God, then we will not serve as He served.
Gently restoring people who are broken and violently overthrowing the tables of the religious who would rather sell the gospel than demonstrate the Gospel.
Maybe, just maybe, Christ is wanting you to knock on someone’s front door on His behalf.
Or maybe Christ is already knocking on your front door and you are ashamed to let Him in.
He is needed…behind very front door in America.