Fresh Hope – 17th September 2019

This morning I am going to show my age by referring to a song called ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac on their classic 1973 album Rumours. Now the song is a secular song about the breakup of a relationship but there are some very telling lyrics in it.

‘If I could I would give you my world, but how can I if you won’t take it from me?’

Revelation 3:20 ‘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 that person, and they with me’.

Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks- He will not force His way in but He does stand and wait.

There is a very famous painting called ‘Light of the World’ that depicts Jesus holding a lamp standing outside a door. That door has no handle on the outside, the only handle is on the inside. This painting depicts a truth; you have to open the door from the inside to let Jesus in.

We are so often guilty, not just of not opening the door to Jesus, but also of closing the door in His face and then holding it shut. Perhaps we are scared of meeting Him face to face either because of who He is, or what He might ask of us. Sometimes we don’t open the door because it would be too inconvenient to let Him in just at the moment. ‘Perhaps tomorrow or next week I will let Him in.’

Am I too comfortable in my sin, my ways, my relationships, my life? As the Fleetwood Mac song says ‘you can go your own way’ or you can open the door and go Jesus’ way.

How differently would we react if this was not a metaphorical door? What if this evening whilst you were sitting down to dinner there was a knock at the door and when you opened it Jesus was actually standing there asking to come in to eat with you. Put yourself there, how would that change us, how would it change our perspective?

God has a whole world that He created for us, a life He wants us to experience and He wants to give us that world, that life. But how can He if we won’t take it from Him?

Richard Ashmore

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