In Revelation 3:8 John wrote to the church in Philadelphia, “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
For many of us, our homes are a place where we feel safe, secure, and comfortable. One of the main reasons for this peace, is the ability to lock the entry points so securely that the average thief cannot enter. Not only do we have locks on our windows and door handles, but we have the strongest lock, the dead bolt, on our doors.
While we’re home during the day, we rarely lock the dead bolt. In fact, most of us probably leave our doors unlocked until we leave or go to bed. When it’s time for bed, we lock the dead bolt as the ultimate security measure to keep intruders out.
In my home, dead bolts have another function. My dead bolt not only keeps intruders out, but it keeps loved ones in. It seems, not long after a child turns 1 year old, they develop significant fine-motor skills and a curiosity that can often get them into trouble. Around this age, all of my children have been able to unlock the door handles and turn them to open the door. So, as an extra measure of security, we keep the dead bolts locked.
In Luke 12, Jesus paints a picture for his disciples of a servant waiting for his master to come home from a wedding feast. Jesus tells them to be ready, prepared, anticipating the return of their master, so that when he knocks, they will be prepared to answer.
In my life, it’s often easier and more comfortable to lock the dead bolt and go to bed. If I secure the door, so nobody can get in, I don’t have to worry about the unknown. But what do I do when Jesus knocks? Usually our fear comes from not intimately knowing the object of our faith, which is in the person of Jesus Christ. When we see Christ for all that He was, is, and will be, we won’t fear opening the door when He knocks. But if we don’t know Him, we will lock the dead bolt in fear and worry to find security.
As you process the passage this week, camp out on these truths:
- The Lord Jesus Christ is our master, and He will come back for his servants (Luke 12:40).
- Jesus will come knocking. Are you prepared to open the door and respond (Luke 12:36)?
- Are you living as if Christ will be delayed (Luke 12:45)? Be prepared, stay focused, and He will meet every one of your needs (Luke 12:31).