by Don Deffenbaugh
Artists have made numerous attempts to portray Christ. Some of the better known pictures of Jesus are: The Last Supper, Jesus overlooking Jerusalem, Jesus knocking at the door.
Rev. 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock, if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” It is about the last of these that we write today: Jesus standing, knocking, and waiting.
Jesus is waiting outside the door of our heart to give us great and wonderful blessings. Among the things Christ is waiting to give us is cleansing for our soul. Every person’s soul is soiled, marred, spotted and blemished by sin. Rom. 3:23 shows that “all have sinned” and Jas. 1:27 teaches that it is the nature of sin to “spot” the soul and Rev. 3:4 shows that sin “defiles” the soul. Christ stands ready to offer us cleansing and freedom from sin when we open our heart and obey the gospel. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1-18). “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth…” (I Pet. 1:22) Christ is also waiting to give us purpose and meaning for our lives.
Thousands each year become involved in things like drugs, alcohol, theft, murder, etc. because they have no great purpose in life. To live for Jesus and glorify Him is the purpose of every genuine Christian. This gives meaning to our work, our rest, our recreation, to every phase of life. “…so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Phil. 1:20). Christ is waiting to give us the satisfaction and joy that comes from rendering Christian service.
You work a week on your job and receive your pay; to a degree that’s satisfying and rewarding. But have you experienced the joy of: (1) leading a soul to Christ and seeing a transformation of life? (2) bearing the burden of sorrow of a broken-hearted brother? (3) helping the poor, needy, or homeless? If you become involved in this kind of work you can pillow your head at night with the feeling that you have really accomplished something worthwhile.
Christ is waiting.