“Knock and the door will be opened to you.” What door? Well, we know it’s not the door of salvation, because that’s the door Jesus knocks on, as in, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” (Revelation 2:20) That’s the door to our hearts. This is another door. This is a door we knock on, and it’s significant because this invitation is all about participation.
God employs our participation in getting His will done on earth as it is in heaven. Imagine that? He could have done this all by Himself, but He has chosen to involve us, His creation. He has given us a mind and a heart and a free will to decide whether or not we will participate. And when He says “knock,” I believe He means, “Knock!” Pound on the door if needs be!
This is not, “Tap, tap, tap, ‘Excuse me, Jesus. I know you’re busy, but …’” It’s more like, “Bam!, bam!, bam!, ‘Jesus, this pain is too great! You have to do something!’” or “Jesus, help me! I don’t know what I’m doing here!” or “Jesus, this door leads somewhere I need to go! Would you please open it?”
I am cursed with a passive/aggressive nature. Just ask my wife; she’ll tell you how difficult it is being married to me. I don’t like taking responsibility for decisions, but I will try and manipulate things so that the decision has already been made by the time I have to make it, just not by me. That way, if the decision doesn’t work out, I’m not to blame. It’s not my fault. Actually, “It’s not my fault” could be my middle name. This verse is especially good for people like me. It shows a very straightforward aggressive relationship with God as something He desires. He invites us to knock on the doors of our lives. My approach has been to wait until He opens a door and then walk through it, but this is not talking about walking through open doors; it’s about knocking on closed ones.
Remember the story Jesus told about the woman who was persistent in prayer and got what she was after? Or remember Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord for a blessing? Or how about Peter telling Jesus to invite him to walk to Him on the water (that’s right, it was all Peter’s idea)? God seems to enjoy the direct approach. We need not be afraid of offending Him.
Instead of being afraid of doing the wrong thing around God, we should be afraid of not doing anything around God. That would be worse. God wants a relationship. It’s the reason He made us. Miss this, and you miss the whole thing. This is why He invites us to ask, seek and knock. We are not puppets or clones. We are individuals, made in the image of God, seeking a relationship with God which He wants to have with us. This is what makes the Christian life mean something. God does not want a relationship with who we’re supposed to be. How boring is that? He wants a relationship with who we are. So go after it! He’s given us permission. He’s requesting this. Ask. Seek. Knock. Bam! Bam!