“Be earnest, therefore and repent. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. … Day and night without ceasing they sing, ‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God Almighty, who was and is to come.’ … You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 3:19b-20, 4:8b, 11
It’s Christmas Eve, the day before Christmas, the day we remember and celebrate the birth of the Christ-child. I remember the night before our oldest son was born – Cindy had been in labor since the day before, talk about standing at the door knocking! God, stands at the door of creation knocking, God stands at the door of our hearts knocking, God wants in to the intimate spaces of that which God created. God stands at the door knocking, announcing let me in – I want to commune with you! Pay attention – listen and hear, respond, open the door, let God in. God is a gentlemen; God will not bust in the door. He politely but insistently knocks and announces His intention. How do we respond? Yesterday we learned to fall on our faces, today we learn the words to worship with: “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God Almighty, who was and is to come.’ … You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Like the shepherds, come and worship and then go and tell; like the wise men come and worship by giving an offering, like Mary ponder all this in your heart. Christ, like a child about to be delivered, insistently and emphatically knocks at the door of your heart – let Him in then worship and serve Him. O Come all ye faithful!