Doing door to door sales in the 1980s was always the hardest thing for me to do. I was never sure what I’d find on the other side, but I kept on knocking on doors until I’d miraculously find someone home who wasn’t crazy or a serial killer. Times were different in those days. Today there aren’t too many folks doing this type of soliciting anymore.
I always wondered why they said the hardest door to open was your own, until I actually opened mine and took the plunge. With any kind of job seeking, you have to be active in the process. You can’t sit on the couch waiting for someone to hire you. When one of my grandson’s thought about getting a summer job, he thought all he needed to do was pick up an application. My point here is that we need to be involved, connected and active.
Searching for a job is tough. Today you fill out the application on line. Your resume is electronically sent. You don’t always get a live interview until you’ve gone through another long time of submitting forms, answering questions, taking tests and totally losing it. For anyone who’s technically challenged, this whole deal is filled with anxiety. We may get through part of the application process when everything suddenly crashes. You spend more time trying to do it on the computer, than it would’ve taken to go to the company with your resume and fill out an application and talk to a human being right there.
The doors we open in the hiring process, may not be as readily available as they once were, but we will have to go through many in order to achieve our goal. This isn’t only true in our work life, but in our spiritual walk.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
When we pray, we should come humbly before Almighty God, with repentant hearts. We’re told to ask, which is hard, when we think we’re entitled to everything. When we put God first in our prayers, He’ll hear our petitions. We’re told to seek – the action I was talking about earlier. We trust in God’s will for our lives, but we still need to be active in our study of His Word – getting it at church or home devotions – sharing it with someone who needs God’s intervention. Finally He tells us to knock and the door will be opened to you. What a welcoming thought – to be standing at God’s door, gently tapping upon it and not having to wait a second before He’s right there inviting you into His kingdom. That’s the final treasure we’ll find in heaven.
This passage in the Bible is talking about our relationship with God, but it also applies to everything in life. When God is present we can confidently pray and expect to be answered. It may not be the answer we’d choose, but He knows what’s best for us. Knock on that door – opportunity of a lifetime is waiting.