29th May 2013

Who’s Knocking at Your Door?

“Jesus said, ‘The one who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love him. We will come to him and live with him.’
John 14:23 (NLV)

‘A man’s home is his castle’ is a saying that was in circulation centuries before the ‘Equalities’ Acts and ‘a person’s home’ doesn’t sound quite the same. It was incorporated into The Institutes of the Laws of England by Sir Edward Coke in 1628 and helped establish the general legal principle that no one may enter a person’s home without permission. In 1763 the Prime Minister William Pitt said that it meant: ‘The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail—its roof may shake—the wind may blow through it—the storm may enter—the rain may enter—but the King of England cannot enter.’

And if we think that actually gave us the right to prevent anyone entering into our home—think again. There are hundreds of officials who can come in, mostly with a warrant, but many without. The Police, the Fire Service, and all the Utility Companies can come in. So can Local Authority Housing Officers and Planning and Rating Officers. Custom & Excise officers can enter by force, seize documents and search individuals without a warrant. Others have the power to check whether you are watching an unlicensed TV, whether your hedges are too high, or you have the required passports for your plants. They can look for landmines, search for materials to produce horror comics, check that you are not money-laundering, whether you have foreign bees or if there’s illegal hypnotism taking place (yes, really).

However, Jesus says: “See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and we will eat together” (Revelation 3:20). Here is the One with the unalienable right to enter any time of day or night, without asking our permission, and yet he stands at the door and knocks. He doesn’t force his way in; he waits to be invited in, just as he did on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:28-29). The One who upholds all of creation, including all doors, locks, bolts, knockers and door-bells, waits for us to open to him. And when we are afraid or hostile and bar the door, he gives us the power to put our hands on the handle and open to him.

Prayer
Saviour, Lord of all Creation, yet humble, gentle servant to all, may we have the power to open our lives to you and rejoice in your loving presence.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck

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hilarybuck1About the Author:
Hilary Buck attends Grace Communion in Lewes, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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