Devotional for Tuesday September 29th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Open the door and let Him in.”
 
I once saw a painting that was based on the truth revealed by Jesus in Revelation 3:20. It was a picture of a young man, obviously in distress, standing on one side of a closed door, and Jesus standing on the other side, ready and waiting to embrace him.
 
As I looked at the picture, I could just sense the desperation and need in the young man, as well as the eagerness and willingness of Jesus to help him. But there was that closed door between them. Then, as I continued to look at the picture, I realized that there was a door knob only on one side of the door, on the young man’s side. If that door was going to open, it would have to be the young man who opened it. That’s the point Jesus was making in Revelation 3:20. He stands at the door of our heart and knocks, but we have to open the door and let Him in.
 
We often mistakenly use this verse in an evangelistic way in an attempt to convince a non-Christian that Jesus wants to be invited into their heart and life. And it is okay to use it that way, it certainly does mean that, but Jesus was actually speaking these words to the Christians in the church in Laodicea. They were people who were already Christians but who still were not letting Jesus into most of the situations of their lives. The lesson in this verse is that Jesus wants to be invited into all the situations of your life, and you’re the one who has to open the door to let Him in.
 
Oswald Chambers once observed that with respect to our relationship with God, most of us are content to live on too low a level with Him. Most of us don’t allow Him into large parts of our lives, and then we wonder why we don’t have a closer relationship with Him.
 
In Psalm 42:1-2 the Psalmist wrote, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
 
Does that verse express the desire of your heart? Do you long for Jesus in that way? Do you want Him to be involved in every part of your life? Spend some time this morning meditating on that verse and ask the Holy Spirit to create that kind of a longing for Him in your own heart. Then make it a point to invite Him into all the moments of your life. He is at the door of your heart, ready to enter into every moment of your life, but the door has to be opened on your side.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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