“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with Me.”                           

                                                 Revelation 3:20

     He’s knocking even now; will you open unto Him?

     Ever the Perfect Gentleman, Christ knocks softly at the door of our hearts.  He will not force His way into our heart’s parlor—partly because there’s no doorknob on the outside of the door and partly because His doing so would result in service by compulsion, not consent.


     No, He “stands at the door and knocks”. . .softly calling our name. . .whispering, “Will you open unto Me?  I’d love to come in and fellowship with You.”  So often such beckoning comes in the wee hours of the morning when all the world sleeps.  But, sometimes it comes in the midst of a hectic day, when the pressures of duties and deadlines are putting the squeeze on us.


     Again, He knocks softly and speaks quietly.

     That’s why we must train our spiritual ears to recognize the Voice of the Good Shepherd amidst the world’s clamoring for our attention (Jn. 10:27).  He will not rant and rave like “the accuser of the brethren,” the Prosecuting Attorney in the courtroom of our conscience (Rev. 12:9-10).


     No, in “a still, small Voice” He will speak to us—calling us to Himself (I Kings 19:12).

     The question is “Will we hear Him and open the door to Him?”

     Sadly, so many lives are cluttered with sin and the world’s treasures.  They say they want Jesus to be Lord; yet, their profession is more than their possession.  They do not “seek first the Kingdom of God” (Mt. 6:33) or “press for the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).  Like the church in Laodicea, they are deceived and filled with a false pride of self-sufficiency (Rev. 3:17).


     Is yours one of them, Pilgrim?

     Is Jesus Lord of your life?  Is He the Host of your house or simply an invited Guest in Whose Presence you feel uncomfortable because you know He knows everything about you?


     Truly, the “days are evil” (Eph. 5:16) and the hour is late.

     Therefore, we can ill-afford to settle for second-best in the Race that must be run (Heb. 12:1).  Instead, fling wide open your heart’s door and cry “Oh Jesus, please come in and be Lord of my life.  Every room of my heart is open to you.  Make whatever changes You deem necessary in Your ‘extreme makeover’ of sanctification so I can be a vessel fit for Your use.  Yes, please come in—for I long to know You and be transformed into Your likeness.”

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated February 17, 2010

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