Somebody’s Out There

Steven Laman

Read: Acts 12:1-17

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Rev. 3:20 NIV)

As I was heading to bed, a hairy creature startled me as it looked in the window by the front door. It was staring, and its big brown eyes seemed to be saying, “Please let me in!” In my astonishment I yelled, “Somebody’s out there!”

We were not going to let what we thought was an opossum into our house, but this reminded me of Peter after an angel helped him escape from prison. King Herod locked him up for being a part of the church. As the church was fervently praying, an angel appeared in Peter’s cell, waking him up and helping him escape. After the angel left, Peter went to the house where the church was praying for him. Knocking on the door, a servant girl went to answer it. When she heard Peter’s voice she was so excited that she forgot to open the door. Instead, she ran back and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

The book of Revelation depicts Jesus as standing at our heart’s door. He is knocking and waiting for us to open our lives to him. Once we invite him in, he will be the answer to our prayers for salvation, forgiveness, and a life’s purpose. When you feel him knocking, do not yell, “Somebody’s out there!” Just open the door! —Steve Laman

Prayer: Jesus, help us to open our heart’s door in greater ways to you.