Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in, and dine with Him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
No one knows what it means to be rejected more than Jesus does. The Bible tells us that, “All things were made by Him; and without Him, nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3). Yet, when He came to His own, “His own did not receive Him” (v. 11b). Instead, they accused Him of committing all kinds of offenses He wasn’t guilty of, and eventually crucified Him because His righteous deeds were a rebuke to their carnal hearts. They couldn’t handle the truth His life attested to, so they sought to silence Him forever by putting Him to death. How would you feel if those whom you loved turned on you like that? It’s no wonder the Bible described Jesus as a “man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3).
Is it any different today? Jesus is still knocking on doors, seeking to show people the same truths He revealed long ago, but few are willing to let Him come into their lives and change them forever. In fact, many who claim to be His followers have already closed their doors on Him! When they should be busy about doing the righteous works of God, they’re tearing each other to shreds instead. Some even go so far as to scrape the pockets of the poor in order to live more comfortably, while others argue over theological matters, and point fingers at each other, gossiping and backbiting at every whim. How shameful! Of course, none of this should surprise us, for Jesus said the love of many would grow cold in the last days (see Matthew 24:12).
We need reformation and revival! It’s time to awaken to our responsibility to make good use of our time by conforming our lives to Christ’s image. We need to stop hating and start loving, to stop holding grudges and start forgiving, to stop gossiping and start interceding, to stop arguing and start listening, to stop grumbling and start giving thanks, to stop hurting others and start treating them with respect, and to stop wasting time on worldly pursuits and start dedicating every aspect of our lives to achieving God’s plans for us. In short, we need to walk even as Jesus walked (see 1 John 2:6).
There’s no better objective to pursue than to fulfill God’s will, and no greater pleasure than to love like Jesus. Is Jesus knocking at your door, or is He already in the house? Who truly has the key to your heart?