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Who’s There?

There’s a story going around the Internet suggesting that some of us may not see or hear ourselves the way others do. It goes something like this:

Knock. Knock.

Who’s there?


What do you want?

Let me in.

Why do you want me to let you in?

So I can save you.

Save me from what?

From what I’m going to do to you if you don’t let me in.

I’m guessing this will strike some of us as irreverent and misleading. But could it also help us see and hear ourselves the way others do? Could it help us hear our “Good News” as we’re telling it?

Those who laugh at the story might actually have in their mind the same mental picture as we do—the one of Jesus standing at a door knocking. It seems to suggest the word picture of Revelation 3:20 where Jesus stands outside the door of people who believe in him without realizing how confused they are about how good he is or how much they need him.

Since the “rude joke” has gotten under my skin, I’ve been wondering how to respond to the breakdown in communication. Am thinking the problem probably isn’t just one-sided. No one wants to hear, see, or believe bad news about themselves or those they love. Not the Christians in Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22); not those in the community who wanted nothing to do with that church; and probably not those of us who resent the joke others are telling on us.

So how do we even begin to get right the Good News that a Jesus who died the way he did wants “in” to save us from ourselves and from what we are missing?

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135 Responses to “Who’s There?”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart and friends. In our last subject I mentioned Kevin (Bear) who refused to listen to not only knocks at his door, but any advice that was offered once the visitor was inside.

    He has paid a terrible price for being stubborn.

    I haven’t heard or seen the joke Mart mentions, but then I have found that a lot of “comedians” aren’t funny.

    I’m not sure what to call it, but nearly everyone I know, including myself, has what appears to us as a clear sense of seeing what everyone else needs to do.

    I’m not sure if it is because we don’t recognize our own faults as much as not actually knowing all of the circumstances in another’s life that causes them to think, act and behave as they do.

    All the while emotionally disconnected we can easily plot a course of action for another.

    We are after all on the outside looking in.

    In Mart’s scenario Jesus is outside the door, but wanting to be invited in.

    Once in He can advise, instruct, urge and offer aid, but we must be open and willing to allow Him to have His way.

    Nothing He offers does us any good if we hear, but don’t listen, insisting on just going on with who we are, comfortable with ourselves just the way we are.

    “Responding to a breakdown n communications.”

    Here in my home dealing with the circumstance we given, Matt often misunderstands what I may say and sometimes even what I haven’t said. I have learned that the only way to respond is to be patient, either ask for clarification or offer it. Never insisting that I may be right, but rather offering the possibility that I may have been wrong and building on a mutual desire not to be offended or offend.

    As for the internet joke, sometimes silence speaks louder than words.

    25 degrees and clear.


  • saled says:

    Once upon a time I was proud to be an evangelical Christian. It is heady stuff to believe that you hold the key to eternal life for unbelievers. But there were things about spreading the gospel that bothered me. “Turn or burn.” was a saying used at the Baptist high school my husband attended. While I hope it was never used with unbelievers, it was used among the students. And they talked of notches on their stick, a way of measuring their worth by how many people they had ‘saved’. And leading someone down what they called the Romans Road was all the evidence needed to put another notch on your stick. This is not love. This is a way to put yourself above other people.

    I think there is something better. I am not evangelical anymore. I think that the good news is that Jesus has paid the price and that his creation, all of it, will be redeemed. Maybe for some of us with eyes to see and ears to hear, that redemption begins in this life. Maybe for those who haven’t yet been given eyes to see and ears to hear, this redemption comes in the next life.

    My heart goes out to Steve’s friend Kevin (Bear). I know some just like him. I suspect their stubbornness results from a mix of both nature and nurture. They don’t yet have those eyes to see and ears to hear. Isn’t there a verse that says, “What do you have that you have not been given?” Were he my brother, son, grandson, I would never give up hope that he will one day be able to see and hear the good news.