How Many Times Do You Knock?

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock..." (Rev. 3:20)

The title question was posed online and received, as you can imagine, a variety of answers. They ran the gamut from “twice, softly” to “knock once…if nobody answers then knock twice… and it keeps ascending until I lose my patience!” However, the one voted by readers as “Best Answer” was “I kick the door until someone answers!”

My mind immediately went to Scripture where we read of several door knockers. We have the man who came and knocked at midnight, insistently banging until he rousted the householder and “the children” out of bed to receive bread for his guest. We have Peter, knocking anxiously at the door after having been rescued from prison, only to have the young lady who came to check return to the prayer meeting, leaving him standing outside!

But most of all, I can’t help but think of Jesus. He tells us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20) This is not the exclusive domain of the sinner. I, for one, believe that He continues to knock on the heart-doors of all his children.

I don’t know how long he knocks, or how many times… but when He does, I want to be quick to answer. He probably won’t “kick the door until you answer.” Excuse me… I gotta get the door…


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