Just a hollow tree…
Woodpeckers persistently peck on a hollow tree. There is no answer, no life. Just a hollow shell taking up space. But the persistence of the woodpecker pays off once he can break through and get to the hollow of the tree. The woodpecker now has a place to reside. A place to call home. That tree now has life and a purpose.
We are just like that hollow tree when Christ is gently knocking. Just a shell with no life, no purpose. When we hear Christ knocking and let him into to our empty shell we become full of life and have a purpose. Mathew 7: 8 “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Sometimes it takes us a long time to hear the calling of Jesus, yet others respond instantly. But the fact of the matter is it does not matter the time frame it took to hear Him. The point being that you heard Him and accepted Him!
Now we can relate to the woodpecker and hollow tree scenario, but let’s not think for a moment that we are exactly like the woodpecker and the hollow tree. That woodpecker had to work for his home. It was not a gift. It was earned by persistence. Our eternal home, our heavenly home is a GIFT! We by no means can earn it. We will never be “good enough” or “do enough” to earn such a gift. Ephesians 2: 8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Rest easy that you don’t have to earn salvation. Accept the gift that was purchased for you with the blood of Christ. John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Let us not be ungrateful for our gift. We need to say thank you daily to God for the many gifts and blessings he gives. Psalm 107: 8 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,”