Open The Door
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You have had a long day at work and when you return home, you are hungry and tired. Too tired to prepare any dinner. You call for pizza to be delivered to your home. After some time, you hear a knock on your door and a voice that says those delightful words, “Pizza delivery!” You eagerly open the door. For the pizza is what you have been longing for to satisfy your hunger.
In Revelation 3:20 NKJV, Jesus says,
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Today, Jesus is knocking on the hearts of some people, actually, I suspect, of many people. These are the people whose hearts toward God have turned neither cold nor hot. They are lukewarm. Some of us may be living like that.
We are still going to church every week. We may still be lifting our hands during worship. We may still occasionally attend Bible study and discipleship groups. We may still talk about the importance of growing in faith and serving God.
But, we know that our heart is no longer on fire for God. At the same time, it is not so cold that we have totally rejected God. For any one who is in this spiritual condition, Jesus says in Revelation 3:18, “I will spit you out of My mouth!” Jesus gives us this warning in His Word out of His love for us. Heed this warning right now. There comes a time when it is going to be too late.
I used to wonder why there is still a door that I need to open when I have already received Jesus. Has God not destroyed the barrier between me and Him when I received Christ as my Lord and Savior?
I now understand that God wants more than me saying a prayer to receive His salvation and calling myself a believer thereafter. God does not want my faith walk with Him to be robotic or mechanical or superficial. God desires for me to love Him with all my heart, and to live my life in response to His great love poured out for me at the Cross. God wants to be in the innermost room of my heart.
Every moment, Jesus is going from heart to heart, knocking on the door, asking if He may enter. This makes me think of how when Jesus was in Mary’s womb, Mary and Joseph were going from inn to inn, but could find no room to deliver the Baby. I pray you and I make room for Jesus every time He knocks at our doors.
Sometimes, as Christians, we cry out, “Oh Lord, where are You?” I think to some of us, Jesus is saying, “I’m outside your door. I’ve been knocking and calling out to you. I love You, My child. Please open the door and let Me in.”
Jesus wants to come into our life to eat with us, and we with Him. He wants to feed us with His Word and strengthen us with His Spirit. But we must be willing to be fed the food Jesus wants to serve. Then, our mind will be renewed. We begin to think differently about the person whom we thought was beyond redemption. Our capacity to love enlarges and we are able to reach out to the people whom we thought we could not. Our ability begins to grow and we are equipped to do what we were not able to accomplish previously.
When we walk in intimacy with God, always hearing and responding to His voice, opening the door to allow Him to reign and work in our life, we are then truly able to rise above our self-centeredness to live a life that serves God and others. We become more and more Christlike, doing what Christ does. We become true disciples living the Kingdom life.
Open the door daily to let Jesus in. Jesus is lovingly waiting to come in to have fellowship with you and to build you. Jesus is patiently waiting to come in to lead and empower you to do His will of building His church. Open the door to let Jesus in.
Let us pray together.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your great love and patience. I thank You that whatever state I may be in, You always are right here with me, calling out to me to restore me. Father, I repent of being lukewarm in my walk with You. Forgive me, O Lord. Help me to fan the flame in me once again. Yes, Father, I desire to be in Your presence every moment, obeying Your voice and following Your call. I make a renewed commitment this day to walk closely with You and to do the works of reaching out to others with Your love and Gospel. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”