“I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Rev. 3:8)
The door that leads to our garage will not stay shut. Somewhere in time it just seemed to stop doing what it was designed to do. And I’m not sure why. I don’t like “not knowing.” Perhaps it’s because I believe I can fix it if I only knew what part needs fixing.
Isn’t that the case with most things? If we “just knew” what was wrong we could fix anything… a relationship, a miscommunication, or even our health. But simply knowing the truth behind why the door doesn’t shut will not make the door shut or function properly. Knowing is just part of the solution.
For example I know that when the door is open the sprinklers spray water on the door and the jamb causing the wood to warp and the problem to get worse. Knowing this information doesn’t stop it from happening on the days the sprinklers go off.
I also know that I could call someone to fix the problem. Or I could look up online how to repair the door myself. But again, what good is knowing all this stuff if it won’t lead to the door being fixed so it can go back to what it was designed to do.
Action is also required if we want to put that knowledge to good use. I need to call a repairman or fix it myself. I need to physically change the direction of the sprinklers or simply shut them off. I know if I don’t do anything the door is going to remain open and the only thing that will happen is the problem will get worse.
Knowing God is kind of the same, don’t you think? We can look around the world and see “God” throughout creation. While knowing and recognizing God in your midst is a good thing, knowledge alone isn’t going to mean much if you ignore what God is calling you to do. I like to remind people that faith is a verb, and thus it requires us “to do.”
Lent is a time to take some kind of action that will better your life, or bring you closer to God or to discover what God is calling your to do. What might that be? If you want to get the knowledge then you have to do the work of finding, praying, contemplating, fasting, and asking. It’s in the doing that we move from belief (knowing) to faith (doing).
Both men taught, knowing the law was good, but living the law in the way you live your life is what God is calling you to do. Saying you love someone is not nearly as effective as showing someone how you love them; be it God or a neighbor.
In Revelations, John reports Jesus as saying, “ Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.” His words make me think of my garage door a little differently (knowledge). Perhaps God wants it, like my hearts and mind, to remain open (action). This way it can always be open and ready to do what it was designed to do best, be an open invitation “to be” in the presence of the Lord where we gain more wisdom.
Prayer: God, your Spirit has awoken something in me. I pray that today it will move me to act upon it in a way that will bring glory to your name. Amen.