Sunday, May 13, 2012

Can Jesus Be Your Friend? Revelation 3 :20

God Loves You
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were friends with Jesus?

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will came in and eat with him and he with me." Revelation 3:20. NIV*.

A Little Background:
This verse is often used to communicate the idea that we need to express saving faith by responding to Jesus. The verse comes from a letter of warning against sin and spiritual defeat. The recipients of the letter were already born again in Christ,
but spiritually they were...
  • lukewarm
  • wretched
  • pitiful
  • blind
  • naked
They lived in defeat and ongoing sin so they were in danger of judgment and were admonished to repent and do the works they did before.

The Solution:
He Is Knocking On The Door
The solution here for spiritual apathy is more Jesus; and the cure for spiritual poverty, lack of direction and purpose is still more Jesus. Jesus makes it easy; he initiates a relationship, he says, "Here I am. I stand at the door and knock," it is a present tense picture of the one who is waiting to share in our hardships here, now, and today.

He says, "If any one hears my voice..." Are we listening to his voice, or are we too busy? What peace and spiritual richness would we possess if we only listened to Jesus, voice through the Bible and worship and fellowship of His church!

We must not only hear his voice but act and, " the door..." We must receive Jesus into our lives as savor once and for all and as one who has received salvation, we need to stay open to fellowship and companionship of the Savior.

The Requirement:
We must remember that during our difficulties, Jesus wants to be part of our lives through those challenges. A believer may have invited Jesus into his life many years ago and in the same way need to welcome Jesus to be their companion during today's trials. As he waited for us then, he is waiting today to be accepted as intimate friend during testing.

The Promise of Jesus:
He keeps his word, He said, "I will come in..." The promise is in that one word, "will." You can count on Jesus. This relationship is a "two-way street." He reaffirms it in the words, "I will eat with him and he with me." It is a vital, living, intimate, and active relationship. It is like sitting at the kitchen table with the best friend there ever was and you can just pour out all of your grief to them while holding nothing back.

To Learn more about having Jesus in your life as Savior and friend follow this link click here.

* To read this verse in other translations follow this link: Online Parallel Bible.

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