Knocking On Heaven's Door
The story has been told of a Christian college here in Southern California that once sent its students door to door to talk with people about spiritual issues. Can you imagine how difficult that would be!? I hope that these students, by merely attempting this assignment, got an A.
Two of these students knocked on one door in a quaint suburban neighborhood but found it wasn’t so quaint inside the home. The frenzied mother of three answered the door with a vacuum in one hand and screaming baby in the other. Students reported what smelled like food burning on the stove and a living room so messy that asked their professor if they could file a report with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bolstering up his courage, of the students fumbled through his papers and asked, “Good afternoon, ma’am. Are you interested in eternal life?”
After a quick look at the chaos surrounding her, she replied, “Frankly, I don’t think I could stand it.”
In other words, I’m not interested in resurrection life if it’s just more of the same.
One writer puts it this way:
We want more than more of the same. We want what’s wrong to be put right. We want suffering to stop. We want clean air, meaningful work, honest politicians, clear consciences, ceaseless beauty, lightning fast Internet connections, the end of loneliness and war. We want the whole enchilada.
This week, members of a religious group came by my family’s home (which may or may not, at times, sound similar to the one mentioned above). Like the students, the commitment and courage to knock on a strangers door is something to be applauded. They believe that eternal life is only available to a select few, a tiny fraction of the world’s 8 billion people. On the other hand, 2nd Peter 3.9 says,
The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
No one to be lost. Resurrection life is not for a select few. It’s for everyone. Experiencing clean air, meaningful work, honest politicians, with zero vacuums and no crying babies.
Have you opened that door? Remember, everyone’s invited. If so, on whose door are you knocking?
He is risen. He is risen, indeed.