Thursday, August 25, 2011


God desires to speak to you as if you were sitting down to dinner with him. He wants to converse with you, heart to heart, on any and all matters! The Bible says: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).

This verse often has been used when speaking to the unsaved. We speak of Jesus standing at the door of the sinner’s heart, seeking entrance. But, no—Christ is speaking to the believer!

The context shows that Christ is talking to those who are clothed in white raiment (righteousness), who have bought gold tried in the fire, whose eyes are anointed (having revelation), who are loved, reproved and chastened (see Revelation 3:15-19). These are repentant, holy people who want to know the voice of God!

As I read and reread verse 20 in this passage, three words kept leaping out at me: “Open the door! Open the door!” And the Spirit of God spoke clearly to my heart: “David, the reason you have not heard me as I want to be heard is because you are not wholly open in your spirit to hear!”

As I see it, this door represents a commitment—one that many Christians have not yet fully made. Most believers pray, “Lord, all I need is a little advice, a few words of direction—a reminder that you love me. Just let me know whether I’m doing right or wrong. Go before me and open the doors!”

But Jesus answers us: “If all you want from me is direction, I can send a prophet to you. If you only want to know where to go and what to do, I can send someone and you can filter it all through him. But you are missing me!”

Jesus wants your closeness, your deepest emotions, your locked-up room. He wants to sit down with you and share all that is in his heart—to talk with you face to face. Revelation 3 is a wonderful picture of this. It speaks of love and intimacy, of sharing secrets, of tender voices.

When Jesus comes in, he brings food and bread—in other words, himself. When you feed on him, you will be satisfied completely!