There is a song written by Bob Dylan and sung by various artists since then called “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”  The song deals with the fact that the concept of right and wrong has been diluted and when we come to realize our mistakes of doing wrong believing it was right at the time, there is no way we can be accepted into heaven, yet we are relentless in our efforts to keep knocking.  The following is a link of my favorite version that was in the movie “Lifted” (Highly recommend watching it if you have not already):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upCINcz5S10

In this postmodern culture we live in, we have developed the “karma mindset” of what goes around comes around and people get what they deserve.  The problem is that “karma” is twisted truth and the very fact that you have lived long enough to see that everyone does NOT get what they always deserve should be all the proof you need.  The truth of the matter is, everyone, including you and me, do not get what we deserve.  Rather, we get Grace and Mercy.  Yes, there is Justice involved as well, and it is in Justice where people get confused with “karma.”  Our minds easily add up everything we have done bad in our life that brings us down in despair.  At this point, I would like to share George Strait’s song, “Love Without End”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA_cC51mhR0

The good news is that we do not need to live a life that focuses on “being good” or “doing good” because in Revelation 3:20, Jesus Christ says, “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.”  There is no need for us to knock on heaven’s door because Jesus is knocking on our door!  When there are things going good and right in your life, Jesus knocks, telling you there is much more!  When things go bad, nothing is going as we planned, Jesus knocks, telling us to let Him in and He will make things right!  Will you open the door?  Maybe you are too ashamed to open the door because of all the messes you have made in your life and you do not want a perfect God to see that.  Guess what?  He has already seen your mess, He has seen that you have fallen, He knows your situation.  Maybe you have opened the door before, but then you just started going back through the motions, Jesus continues to knock!  Maybe you opened the door before and you were being led out of your comfort zone and decided to shut it.  Jesus continues to knock!  I love this one quote that was read in the TV series “Touch”:

“There are 31,530,000 seconds in a year, a thousand milliseconds in a second, a million microseconds, a billion nanoseconds.  And the one constant connecting nanoseconds to years is change.  The universe, from atom to galaxy, is in a perpetual state of flux.  But we humans don’t like change; we fight it, it scares us.  So we create the illusion of stasis.  We want to believe in a world at rest, the world of right now yet our great paradox remains the same.  The moment we grasp the now that now is gone.  We cling to snapshots, but life is moving pictures, each nanosecond different from the last.  Time forces us to grow, to adapt because every time we blink our eyes the world shifts beneath our feet.  Every day, every moment, every nanosecond the world changes.  Electrons bump into each other and react; people collide and alter each other’s paths.  Change isn’t easy, more often it’s wrenching and difficult, but maybe that’s a good thing, because it’s change that makes us strong, keeps us resilient, and teaches us to evolve.”

Our God, who is the one and only intelligent designer, created us to change.  He loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us there.  Stephen Covey once wrote, “Taking charge of your life requires discipline.  But discipline is neither readily attained nor easily maintained.  It demands the mental stamina to overcome empty passions and faulty habits.  It also requires the fortitude to resist the pull of so many temptations that otherwise might lure us toward meaningless sideshows.  But more than anything, it demands a relentless focus on what matters most.  Many people see discipline as the absence of freedom, when in fact it is the source of freedom.”  What matters most in your life?  Jesus Christ is knocking on your door because He wants to be in a relationship with you.  In John 14:6, Jesus tells us, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.  It is my prayer that the door Jesus is knocking on will remain open in my life.  I encourage that to be your prayer as well.

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