“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.
Jesus stands outside the door of our heart and knocks. He does that before we are saved. “If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,” it says. But most people do not hear His voice. They hear many other voices and open the door of their heart for everything except Jesus. But Jesus only enters and dines with those who hear His voice and open the door.
However, Jesus does not only stand at our heart’s door and knock before we are saved. We can say that whenever we are tempted, every time we have to make a choice, Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Now the question is: Which voice do we heed? If we hear Jesus’ voice in the midst of temptation—when thewith its is drawing us—and we open our heart’s door for Him, then He will come in to us and dine with us and we with Him.
To dine with Him is to break bread with Him, and the bread is God’s Word. When we open the door to Him in the temptation, He will come into our heart and break bread with us—He will open the Scriptures for us. He gives us revelation in His Word, and it becomes nourishment and help for us in our life. By making the Word living for us, He fills us with joy and rejoicing. He also shares the wine with us.
This is something completely different than listening to the voice of the flesh and opening the door to one’sand desires, so that one falls in temptation. The result of that will be sorrow in our heart, and we will reap corruption.
May God give us grace that we always hear Jesus’ voice when He knocks on our door, and that we open the door to Him so that He can come in and dine with us, and we with Him.
This article has been translated from Norwegian, and was first published under the title “Dine with Him!” in BCC’s periodical Skjulte Skatter (Hidden Treasures), in January 1948
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