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On Whose Heart Is Jesus Knocking

Revelation 3:20; Matthew 24:42-51; Various

On Whose Heart Is Jesus Knocking

Revelation 3:20; Matthew 24:42-51; Various

Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.

Last night we talked about memorizing scripture and maybe one of them that you already know by heart is Revelation 3:20. It goes like this, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (NASB).

This is a very good verse. It is an invitation to fellowship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. Unfortunately the verse is very often used to talk about evangelism and about the non-believer hoping up the door to his heart and letting Jesus come in. But this verse is not about accepting Jesus Christ. It’s much, much more.

This verse comes from the last letter that Jesus is sending to the 7 churches of Asia. It is the church of Laodicea, the lukewarm church. These letters to the churches are actually to Christians who really a wake-up call to be ready because Jesus says these things are soon to happen. Some of the churches got a fairly good report, some need a little work, but the Christians of Laodicea really need to wake up because the Lord is about to throw them up… they are intolerable. They think they are rich but Jesus says they are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. In other words they are dirty, stinky, and disgusting. But Jesus reminds them that he still loves them. He says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.”

We think that the person inside the house or heart is the owner of the home. This home is his castle. They are in change. They make the decisions. They decide who come in or not. But what if this isn’t the case.

The picture Jesus is painting is actually more like the parable in Matthew 24 and 25. Since these are Christians that Jesus is talking to then the master of the house is actually Jesus, who has been away. He is now returning to HIS home to be greeted by his servant who should have been ready, waiting, and faithful to tend to his Master’s business.

Read Matthew 24:42-51

So who will Jesus find inside his home, our heart. Will he find a servant who eagerly throws open the door and brings his Master in so they can dine together and fellowship and talk about all the servant has done while the Master was away. Or will he find the wicked servant who has barred the door so his Master won’t find out that he has eaten the master’s food and drank the master’s wine and neglected the master’s business and affairs. “…When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:8).

Each of the letters to the seven churches ends with Jesus saying, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” The Greek word λέγω (lego’) helps us to know that this is more than just hearing… it’s perceiving the word. This Greek word literally means bringing a discussion to the close… Jesus gets the last word. That’s because Jesus is the Word. He expects us to hear, receive, and respond to his message.

Jesus wants us to be ready when he comes. So are you ready, waiting, faithful, and eagerly expecting the Master? Are you the bride waiting for the Bridegroom to return?

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord and Master, Father of All, We know that we are just servants tending to your business in your home. Help us to be faithfully and eagerly working for you. We want to be found as faithful, watching and waiting servants when Jesus returns. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

This verse is a really good one. It would be good to memorize Revelation 3:20. Maybe you can make it one to memorize in our challenge to memorize 4 new verses by June 30th.

I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.

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