Devotional for Saturday and Sunday November 25-26

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”


Our Bible verse for today: “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and He with Me.” Revelation 3:20 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Open the door and let Him in.”


As I write this I’ve got a song playing in my head. I’d like to say it’s a Christian song but it isn’t. However it does apply nicely to our devotional this morning. The song is by the former Beatle Paul McCartney and the title is “Let him in”. The song is all about someone knocking at the door but nobody is letting him in. So the singer requests that somebody get up, open the door, and let him in.


I’ve never particularly liked that song. I really can’t imagine why someone would write a song about getting up and opening a door. The song never even tells us who was knocking and why they wanted to come in.


However in Revelation 3:20 we are told who it is that’s knocking on the door of our hearts. It’s Jesus, and He wants to be allowed in. That might sound like a strange request for a believer. After all, you already opened the door of your heart to Him when you prayed to accept Him as Savior and Lord. That is true, and He did come into your heart at that time, but this verse is referring to something different.


The meaning of Revelation 3:20 is that Jesus not only wants to be your Savior but He also wants to be your Lord. Not only does He want to be invited in for the moment of salvation, but He wants to be invited into all the moments of your life. That takes a decision on your part to open the door of your heart for each of those individual moments that follow after the moment of salvation for the rest of your life.


This doesn’t mean that Jesus ever left your heart once He saved you. He didn’t. Hebrews 13:5 is just one of many verses that assure us Jesus will never leave us. Instead this is a word picture designed to create a metaphor for intentionally inviting Jesus into each and every moment of life. This is what it means for Him to be your Lord as well as your Savior.


Inviting Him into every moment of your life becomes especially important when you are struggling to push through adversity. We need Jesus all the time, but especially during the tough times. He is there for you, knocking at the door of your heart, wanting very much to be invited into that situation. But you do have to open the door and invite Him in. Jesus is a gentleman. He is not going to force the door open and He is not going to barge in uninvited.


It turns out that Paul McCartney’s song might not be so silly and meaningless after all. Perhaps it does have a Christian application (even if it is unintentional). Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart and wants to be invited into this, and every, situation. So open the door – let Him in.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim


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