12.20.20—Knowing God! – Revelations 3:2
My friend, may I ask you a question? When life becomes a burden and you're feeling down, can a good "opening" sometimes really get things started in the right direction?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner
I have a good friend named Randy whom I've know since childhood. To this day Randy is one of the most fun-loving people I know. Even though his childhood was rough at times, I never knew him to be terribly down or negative. You could always count on Randy to come up with a good joke or, more often, some of the sickest puns around. Randy's puns were and are real groaners, especially the "knock" "knock" varieties. You know: "Knock, knock? Who's there? Luke! Luke who? Luke out, here comes another knock, knock joke!" Oh, that's bad! But, you know, Randy's awful puns have always served a good purpose. They just open things up to a laugh and a groan. No matter how you might be feeling, no matter how bad your day might be going, a Randy pun, a real groaner, never fails to brighten my day. If you're in a bad mood, a Randy pun just seems to open the door to a better one just around the corner.
A solid fellowship with our Heavenly Father is similar in a way. When life becomes a burden and you're feeling down, sometimes a good "opening" can really get things started in the right direction.
Here's a thought from Rhonda Rhea about Knock-Knock TRUTHS: Do you know what's better than the best knock, knock joke? A knock, knock TRUTH. What an amazing truth it is! It's the incredible truth that the Creator of the universe knocks! Revelation 3:20 reminds us of his gracious tap on our hearts: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If any- one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (NIV) In the bigger picture, Jesus knocks on the door of his church. He desires to have the sweetest fellowship with the people he died to save. It's almost too wonderful to believe that he wants to live with us in the most personal way, but it really is his knock, knock truth. (Rhonda Rhea)
Puns can be real groaners and, I have to admit, if I never hear another "Knock-Knock" joke that would be OK. But, humor me for the moment. "How many believers does it take to open the door?" The fact is, it takes one. One person who will open the door and bring Christ into their hearts will make a difference in the entire church–and in the entire world. Opening your heart means more than just bidding Him to come in; it means you're willing to give Him the run of the place, so to speak. Some Christians see that "Knock-Knock" as a mere Sunday visit, and nothing more. That's a shame. Christ is knocking to stay, not just visit. Make a difference. Be the one. Answer the door; your Savior stands waiting to come in. And, THAT'S no joke.
We pray. Heavenly Father. One person who will open the door and bring Christ into the hearts of those around us will make a difference in the entire church–and in the entire world. Dear Lord we just need to speak about Him and glorify Him in our lives. Opening our hearts means more than just bidding Him to come in; it means we’re willing to give Him the run of the place. Some Christians see that "Knock-Knock" as a mere Sunday visit, and nothing more. That's a shame. Forgive us when worship becomes nothing more than a mundane practice Lord. Christ is knocking to stay, not just visit. Help us to make a difference today. We want to be the one who answers the door; as our Savior stands waiting to come in. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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