Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Nurture your relationship with Jesus”
As we approach the end of our devotional series for this month “A New Year, A New Beginning”, we will spend a few days talking about the importance of nurturing our most valued relationships. Relationships don’t become and stay healthy by accident. We have to be intentional about keeping them healthy.
Today is Christmas Eve. On this day we anticipate the event we will celebrate tomorrow, the birth of Jesus. The incarnation of Christ was all about relationships. First and foremost, it was about the Father’s relationship with us. That relationship was broken by sin, which meant that we were lost to the Father for eternity. A person defiled by sin could never be allowed into the presence of a perfect, pure, and holy God. Something had to be done about that sin.
So, God sent His Only Son to earth to live among us, to die upon the cross, and to be resurrected (thereby defeating death). Then, through faith in Him for the forgiveness of our sins, our relationship with the Father could be restored. That was the primary reason Jesus came to us, and that makes your relationship with Him the most important relationship you have. You must make an intentional decision to trust in Him as Savior for the forgiveness of your sins. But the second part of that relationship involves then following Him through this life as your Lord. He wants to be your Savior, but He also wants to be your Lord.
That then brings us to our verse for today, Revelation 3:20. That verse is often used in an evangelistic way because it certainly is true that Jesus knocks at the door of every heart, desiring to be invited in to be that person’s Savior. But the words of this verse were actually spoken to people who were already Christians, and rather than being about salvation, the primary meaning is about Lordship. Jesus is saying that He stands ready to enter into every moment of a Christian’s life. But a decision must be made by the individual to open the door of your heart and actually invite Jesus into that moment, or issue, or event.
As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, and as you continue to consider New Year’s resolutions you might make that will help to improve some aspect of your life in 2020, I encourage you to consider ways in which you could more fully involve Jesus in every aspect of your life. Jesus doesn’t want to just be part of your life; He doesn’t want to be just one of the relationships you have; He wants to be at the center of your life.
I encourage you to make a New Year’s resolution to do something new or different that will help you to be intentional about nurturing your relationship with Jesus in 2020.