Did Jesus say all I had to do was knock and the door would open?
Supposedly, all we have to do is ask.
I’d like to quote James 4:2, which says, “You have not because you ask not.” Problem is, that verse is picturing the consequence of my self-serving desires, not promising everything I might want.
I’ve knocked on many doors, but they haven’t automatically opened. I must be missing something.
What did Jesus say?
“Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Jesus was repeating a Jewish proverb that people already believed. Why? So he could clarify the truth.
Knocking on the wrong door won’t work.
The belief in rewards for our effort has existed forever.
Sowers believed they would always reap a harvest, but Jesus said that was only true when the seed took root in fertile ground (Mark 4:8).
Not everybody receives what they ask. They don’t always find what they seek or see the door open when they knock.
There are conditions.
What must I do to get the automatic door to work?
At the store, all I have to do is walk near the door and it opens. If someone from the country saw that for the first time, he would think it was magic.
Will the door always open? No, not if it’s locked.
When expecting to receive, we must be at the right door.
If I move closer to God, he will automatically move closer to me (James 4:8). That makes sense because Jesus’ crucifixion and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost brought God to our door.
Before my most desperate needs can be met, I must make a serious move toward him and be the one to open the automatic door.
“Pay attention, because I’m standing at your door, knocking. If you will hear my voice and open the door, I will come in. Then we can enjoy dinner together, you and me.” — Revelation 3:20