The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Revelation 3:20

by admin on June 3, 2012 in Faith, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Listen!  I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come into you and eat with you, and you with me” (Revelation 3:20).

How often do you crave intimacy with Jesus?  Eating with someone is an intimate act.  It’s a respite in your day to be present with someone, to break bread together, and to connect.  Jesus makes this “meal” very personal.  It’s not just Him eating with you, but it is also you eating with Him.  It’s mutual.  Do you want it?

It’s easy to say we are Christian because we have heard Jesus knocking at our door, but it’s a whole other ball game to also hear His voice, and as a response, to open the door.  That is very active.  I think back to my own journey of faith and ponder why it took me so long between my confession of faith and my surrender to Christ (15 years!).  One part of it was learning how to hear Jesus’ voice, learning what is God’s will and Who is His character.  The other part of it was measuring the cost of opening the door.  My active surrender to Christ was delayed by my desire to hold on to behaviors, relationships, and patterns that I was ashamed to keep in front of Him.  So I stood at the one side of the door while Jesus waited patiently for me on the other side.  The moment I truly chose to open the door, He immediately came in, and we’ve been eating together ever since.

Have you opened the door for Jesus to pursue intimacy with you?  If not, what is holding you back?  Is it pride?  Fear?  Delight in sin?  During wedding planning, a common hindrance to surrendering to Christ is entitlement.  A bride deserves to have a $5000 wedding dress, a 300 person wedding, a fine-dining reception, a glamorous party, and a deluxe honeymoon, right?  Or perhaps the hindrance is lust and impatience to keep your marriage bed pure.  Or maybe it’s hardness of heart that has become a survival mechanism for you amidst the clashes of family tensions and controlling parents.  Hopefully it is none of the above, but if it is, know that Jesus’ knock on your door was intentional, and He is waiting for you to open it.  He desires you.

Lord, I praise You for Your foresight to pursue me and Your patience to wait for me.  I’ve heard Your knock, but Lord, have I truly heard Your voice?  Have I opened the door for You?  Lord, do not let me wait another day to deal with my hindrances.  Reveal my sin to me and mercifully draw me to my knees in confession and repentance, that I might know intimacy with You.  Show me that intimacy with You is better than any sin I could be holding onto.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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