In Holman Hunt’s painting, The Light of the World, Jesus is shown in a garden at midnight, holding a lantern in His left hand. With His right hand, He is knocking on a heavily paneled door.
When the painting was unveiled, a critic remarked to the painter, “Mr. Hunt, the work is unfinished. There is no handle on the door.”
Hunt answered, “That is the door to the human heart. It can only be opened from the inside.”
God doesn’t force Himself on us. We are free to deny Him. But we are reminded constantly of God’s love and desire to come to us.
It is most important for all Christophers to follow this same respectful approach. Be ever ready to share Christ’s truth with others, but offer it gently—and with love.
Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Teach me, Jesus, to be Your representative on earth so that
others come to know Your bountiful love.