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 NASB.
I grew up hearing this Scripture a lot when people would go out in crusades and in evangelism. Mainly, it would be addressed to the unbelievers to emphasize that they need to repent and accept the Lord as their Saviour as He is waiting at the door for them to do so. So to me, the Scripture meant absolutely nothing and was only for the unbelievers. It took me time to understand that actually these words were addressed to believers and that it is very much applicable to me also.
This to me says that the Lord is forever in pursuit of us and of our hearts. The reason Jesus knocks is because He desires intimacy with us. The fact that He’s knocking indicates we’re being pursued. As He knocks, He waits to be wanted. Sadly, with many of us, we keep Him waiting. See, God created us and needs absolutely no permission to do as He pleases with us but still He chooses to still knock and pursue. God wants us to want Him as much as He wants us, to pursue Him as much as He pursues us. Salvation is only effective when both God and man are walking together in agreement.
There is not a day that goes by without the Lord knocking. He knocks in different ways, through our predicaments, our trials and so forth. Every day He is seeking to grab your attention, to lure you in because He needs a relationship with you. Just like any other relationship, you need to constantly work on it to keep it alive. That’s where God is calling us, to a place of pursuit, to a place where we are always working towards a better and lively relationship with Him.
God wants us to want Him as much as He wants us, to pursue Him as much as He pursues us