I came across this little cafe in Siena a year or so ago.. It’s not very spectacular, and compared with the treasures to be seen in that city very insignificant. .
The name above the door really clicked with me in the same way that some folks do. Much as I loved the great Cathedral of Siena, I posted an article on Siena Cathedral some time ago, It was this little cafe that caught my eye on a more recent visit to Italy.
“meetlifecafe,” and isn’t that our vocation as Disciples of Jesus. Its a great name.
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
The Lord has set before us an open door and we have a menu to offer. Incidentally the young lady to the left of the man is the cafe’s owner.
There are several mentions of doors in the Bible..
“I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the House of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalm 84:10)
“I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7) (door is mentioned four or five times in John 10.)
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hear my voice and open the door, I will come in unto him and sup with him, and he with me. (Rev 3: 20) That’s the Menu Door.
The last I’ve already mentioned.
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” (Rev 3:8)
Keeping God’s Word is also a sharing in that Word and feeding it to others. The New International Version of the Bible has a good translation of 1 Peter 3:15 that explains what evangelism is.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
When we truly revere Christ Jesus as Lord in our hearts then we are in position to give the reason for the hope that we have. Friendship is the way to bringing people to Christ. It’s why the Early Christians were so successful in making converts. They were filled with the Holy Spirit who opens to the Lord.
The most tremendous thing in the world is for people to find the door – the door to God. Th most important thing any Christian man or woman can do is to take hold of someone’s hand and put it on the latch – the latch that clicks to human touch and opens to his or her touch.
Our vocation as Christians is to stand by the door, call it the door of the meetlifecafe that is the “Fellowship” of the Living God in all its diverse manifestations.