Revelation 3:20 NIV “ 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 that person, and they with me.”
The amount of time that can pass from where we honestly hear Jesus knocking on our door, to the time that we actually open it and truly invite Him in, can be considerable, and for some it never happens.
It’s not enough to know that He is there and that He is knocking. That would be where you believe in God and that Jesus is synonymous with God, but you still keep Him on the outside of your life, kind of like in an adjacent cottage you have on your property, available to call on when needed but never truly invited into where you really live.
Imagine if you will, if we handled our marriages like this. We would say we are married, but our wife wouldn’t really live with us, she would live in an adjacent cottage on our property and occasionally, when a situation warranted it (and we would be the judge of that, not her), we would call on her, where she lives. Imagine if you will, if we only did that infrequently, say once a week, or once a month, or a couple of times a year.
What would that say to our wife about how we value her and our commitment to her? What kind of probability would exist of a meaningful loving relationship developing between the two of you? Slim to none? Exactly. Yet some of us treat God in exactly the same way and supposedly we expect this “relationship” to work. Does that make any sense?
I’ve been spending a good amount of time recently going through the Old Testament yet again. There’s so many “stories” in the Old Testament that most of us are familiar with and yet for far too many, we’ve never broken through the abstract into the reality. These things that are recorded and written down for our instruction and edification are still stories, the whole point of which, we have yet to grasp. How can that possibly happen?
Remember how God instructed Moses to construct a Tabernacle so that He could dwell in the midst of His chosen people? Remember how His presence was visible via a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day, over the actual Tabernacle, within the Tabernacle confine, in the center of their encampment? Remember how the actual Tabernacle was divided into two chambers, one being the Holy Place and the other the Holy of Holies, that represented the very presence of God. The two chambers being separated by a curtain that blocked the entrance into the Holy of Holies. Access to God was limited, extremely limited. Ordinary people could not gain direct access to God. Even the priests could not have access, only the High Priest and then only once a year. Yet the Tabernacle and all of it’s contents and sacrifices pointed to what it was that separated man from God and God from man, and the manner and means by which that could be rectified.
Remember when Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the Temple that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, was rent in two, from the top to the bottom (Matthew 27:51 NIV)? Access into the presence of God was now available through faith and trust in the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. The New Covenant.
Remember at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given to all believers and appeared as tongues of fire which separated and rested over the heads of each of them (Acts 2:1-4 NIV)? God dwelling collectively with His people via restricted access. God dwelling individually with His people through direct access (Old Testament/New Testament).
The whole point of the New Covenant in the New Testament is that God Himself now provides us with the way and opportunity to have His presence not only with us but in us. That’s personal.
And Jesus is that way and He knocks on our door.
And what do we do? We allocate Him to a cottage on our property. We don’t dismiss Him because we acknowledge He is there, we just re-allocate where He is to be. Close by if needed but not so close as to interfere with our chosen way of life, you know, where we really live, in our main residence.
Spoiler Alert! It doesn’t work that way. Never has, never will.
Jesus is not interested in living in an adjacent cottage on your property. It’s actually an insult to Him to think that He would even consider it, and He won’t. It’s that simple.
Much of our so called “religion” is similar to that adjacent cottage on our property. God didn’t go through all the trouble of mapping out the requirements and then providing the solution to the problem through His own Son, on the cross, so that we could just “acknowledge” Him and assign Him to a portion of the property of where we live.
That would make Him the “minor” God and us the “Supreme” God. God is not interested in that position. In fact, He tells us the roles need to be reversed. That’s reality.
It took me far too long to come to this realization. I spent many years in the “wilderness”, coming close but never grasping the reality He wanted me to see. When Jesus says He will come in and eat with us and us with Him, that is a warm, loving, personal relationship that He offers to us with Him. That is where He is the one who blesses and we are the ones who receive His blessings. He offers that to us. And that also is a reality. It happens and it is wonderful, it is without a doubt the most meaningful experience I have ever had in my whole life. I was a fool for waiting so long.
Invite Him in.
Spend time with Him through His Word and in prayer, daily.
Fellowship with the brethren.
Begin the journey.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!