“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.” ~ Revelation 3:20 (NIV Bible) …
Before he died in a tragic plane crash on July 28, 1982, Keith Green was the biggest name in contemporary Christian music. He had the heart of a David and the prophetic message of a John the Baptist. His song “You Love the World,” written as a message from Christ, is typical of Keith’s radical style. Consider some of the lyrics: “You prefer the light of your TV. / You love the world, and you’re avoiding me.” The songwriter goes on to ask from Jesus’ point of view if it is right to ignore him after he “gave my blood, to save your life.”
These are hard-hitting words, but certainly not a new message. These uncomfortable lyrics communicate the same message we find in Revelation 3:20. Speaking to and through the apostle John, Jesus describes himself as being at a “door,” knocking and desiring to come in.
Christians typically use this verse in evangelism, urging unbelievers to “open their hearts to Jesus.” While it is certainly true that Christ wants non-Christians to receive him in faith (see John 1:12), this particular verse is actually addressed to Christians! A group of believers in Laodicea (modern-day Turkey) had become spiritually indifferent. They were going through the motions of Christianity, but in their attitudes and by their actions, they had actually shut Christ out of their lives! Is this true today as well?
Christmas is the perfect day to examine your heart. Have you shoved Christ over into the margins of your life? Has he become a bit player in the drama of your life? He wants to be central in your thoughts and plans. He wants to fellowship with you and be your closest friend. Are you letting him?
Pray this today:
Lord Jesus, please come and fellowship with me …