“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 him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Recently I took the opportunity to read some of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia tales, which are allegories about the Christian life. Lewis has the character who represents Jesus say, “You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you”. The point being that it is God who takes the initiative and we respond to Him, often before we are even aware that He is seeking us. It is God who lets us hear His voice calling us.
Francis Thompson described God as the Hound of Heaven who pursued him, “down the nights and down the days and down the arches of the years”. God longs so much to have a relationship with us that He actively pursue us.
The above verse is very familiar to most of us, as it has often been used in gospel invitations. We tend to overlook verse 14 which tells us that these words were addressed to the church at Laodicea. In context this verse is meant for Christians and teaches us that as we grow in our Christian lives God is always calling us to a closer relationship with Him. He is always calling us to a deeper place of worship. God has always something more for us but it is up to us to open the door.