Acts 12:13-16 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” 15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
Every once in a while, I come across a scripture that makes me laugh. Here we have Peter who was imprisoned wrongfully and kept watch by no less than 16 soldiers. That’s right: 1 man, behind bars, in chains… 16 guards. In the middle of the night as he was sleeping between two of these guards, an angel woke him up and broke him out. Here’s where it gets funny: Peter goes to a house that the other believers were at praying. They had gathered to pray for his deliverance. He knocks on the door and apparently says something like :”Hey, let me in!” The servant girl recognizes his voice and rather than opening the door runs to tell everyone that Peter is here.
Put yourself in Peter’s shoes for a minute. You are standing at the door hoping to be let in. As you stand outside, you hear them getting all excited about you being here. Really? But Peter kept on knocking, it says. I wonder if it really went like this – Looking over his shoulder waiting for guards to show up, Peter kept on knocking. Or maybe this – Less than amused, Peter kept on knocking. This is real life, people. Peter stood at the door and knocked… and knocked… and knocked. They knew who he was yet they forgot to open the door.
The Bible talks about another guy who is hanging out with Peter on the other side of the door. His name is Jesus. And although many people believe He exists and say they believe in the Bible, they don’t bother to open the door. So like Peter, He stands and knocks. And Jesus keeps on knocking. He is asking to be let into our house, to every area of our life. He is beckoning us to open the door to real life. He is alive and knocking. Open the door already! Let Him in and find out what it’s like to fully know Him!
*Question: In what area of your life is Jesus standing outside?