“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears I my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20, RSV).
People of today are used to the cyber world and its language. We live in a world of passwords and usernames. You often hear cyber terms like: limited access, unlimited access, access denied, and so on. Cyber security and consumer privacy privacy require that users enter their password in order to have access to certain pages in the cyber world. Access to certain pages can be full, limited,or completely denied.
But let us turn to Christ and Christians. It is commonly believed that Jesus Christ is Lord and King of heaven and earth. He is The Lord of all. He reigns over all the powers of heaven and earth. His kingdom is eternal and universal. Being King of the Universe, he exercises sovereign lordship over the whole of creation. That is an objective reality Christians hold and teach. For those who believe in Christ, however, there is also a subjective component of the universal kingship of Jesus Christ. Whether one believes in Christ or not does not affect the objective element of faith in Christ as Lord of all. By his very glorified nature, Christ has unlimited access to every creature, visible and invisible alike.
In a subjective sense, however, he fully respects the free will of every person to submit to his lordship or to reject it. He does not impose his sovereignty on human persons. He created them as free beings capable of determining the course of their life. Every person, therefore, can freely decide whether to allow Christ access into his life, and if so, how much access. This explains why the Book of Revelations notes that Christ stands at the door and knocks, requesting access to the human heart. IF the door is opened, he will enter and dine with us. He is not a king who goes about coercing people into submission. He is indeed King of the Universe, but at the same time he is a respecter of personal freedom par excellence. He wants free worshippers, not coerced worshippers.
Seven years after he became king of Judah, we are told that all the other tribes of Israel came to Hebron and freely made David King over them (cf 2Sam 5:1-3). We could go into all the historical and theological reasons behind the choice of David as King. The bottom line is: The whole of Israel voluntarily submitted to David as their king. David did not force himself on anyone. He humbly accepted the call to serve and lead. The people equally accepted the call to support him and follow his lead. To put it in cyber language, the people gave him full access to their history, their traditions, their hopes and aspirations, and their very existence as a people chosen by God. It was an act of surrender. In order to serve and protect the people, the king must have full access to whatever is necessary to accomplish that goal. It would require some form of trust and surrender on the part of the people.
So it is with Christ. If he is to exercise kingship – in the subjective sense – he needs full access to the life of the Christian. Partial access for Christ is insufficient. It even makes mockery of Jesus’ universal lordship. Christ is either universal Lord or nothing at all. Full access or no access for Christ. Christ cannot accept any deal that makes him a part-time King over our lives. If he must come in, he must be given full access to every area of our lives. At times, this may make one feel vulnerable. Yet, the feeling of vulnerability is an important aspect of faith. The more vulnerable you feel, the more likely you would depend completely on the protection of Christ. People who are not willing to hand over everything to Christ cannot please God. Christ cannot accept to be King only over certain areas of my life.
How much access would you give Christ? How far would you allow him to reign over your life. Giving him full access to your life is critical for your spiritual growth and salvation. Do not settle for little. Go for more. Go for all. Give all to Christ. Surrender all to him. The Devil will make you feel that if you give all, you will be unhappy. That is a lie. Go ahead and give Christ the King full access to your life. You will never regret it. Surrender your passwords to Christ. You will be glad you did.
Invitation to pray:
Dear Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner. I invite you into my life today. I surrender to your lordship. I give you full access to my life. Do with me as you please. When I am afraid, be my strength. I accept and acknowledge you as my Lord and Savior. Your will be done in my life, now and forever. Thank you, Lord. Amen.