Recently I have been meditating on Matthew 7:8b which says, “…and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” It was easy to picture myself standing in front of the door. However, I found myself asking: Am I ready to knock on the door? How will I respond when Jesus opens it? What is the purpose of the open door for me? As I took these questions to prayer, Jesus began to teach me a significant lesson about my identity.
Being ready to knock on the door is a sign of my willingness to move forward in Him, to let go of everything holding me back. It means I need to trust Him with every area of my life. As I spend time with Him every day, I experience His presence more, and am overwhelmed with who He is and who I am in Him. As I experience more of the Father’s love for me, my faith increases and trusting Him becomes easier.
When Jesus opens the door, I want to embrace His perfect love and reject the face of fear. Jesus wants me to exchange my inferior way of thinking for the superior one that comes from God; thinking that reinforces God’s truth about who I am in Him. In faith I need to believe His truth and ask Him to help me walk in it every day. I need to ask God to help me see myself the way He sees me – the work He has completed in me and the transformation that has taken place. The truth that positions me to receive all God has for me – the fullness of His blessings, favor, gifts, anointing, and purpose for my life.
Now with the door wide open, I stand at a threshold, a place of stepping over – like entering through the doorway of a house. Just as a bridegroom lifts up his bride to carry her across the threshold, Jesus wants me to step over from where I am to where He wants me to be; to step over into my true identity – who He created me to be – and to use my gifts, talents, and anointing to make a difference in the world. He wants me to become a woman full of promise, able to accept and walk in a future marked with purpose, who sees God in a new way. I need to release my faith and trust Him that He has equipped me for what He wants me to do, and will continue to provide what I need to fulfill His purpose in me.
In this season, I believe God is saying to all His children, “Don’t stand in the doorway any longer – take that step over.”