“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
~ Revelation 3:20
I like the book of Revelation. For me, it presents the reader the unique privilege of seeing loving counsel in action. In the instructions for the letters to the seven churches, God tells each of them what they have done right and where they have faltered. He even provides insight about how they can get back on track.
This is the mark of a true friend. A loving parent. A kind ruler. His hopes for us are great even though He sees our flaws. No one is without flaws and many times it’s those errors that keep us from realizing our full purpose. Someone who loves us will correct and guide us. God is able, which is why He stands at the door waiting to teach us what we need to know.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
I do not have to go out to seek wise counsel. I do not have to search the internet or the stars for new information about myself. God is standing at the door and knocking.
He comes to where I am and waits for me to answer. I do not have to send Him a message or a telegram, because He’s already prepared to meet face to face with me.
If any man hear my voice and open the door…
As special as I think I am, He makes his wisdom and love available to any and every man (which includes every wo-man). If I hear His voice, I get to decide if I am going to open the door or not.
The power of choice is not lost on me. I think that is the most amazing part of it all! I have the freedom of choice to believe that God exists and that His thoughts of me are always for my good.
I will come in to him.
This is not like any other friend, who may or may not come into your home. God said He would definitely come in. He’s not judging if you’re house (heart) is dirty before He steps over the threshold. He’s not concerned with how little or much you have. He will not weigh out your net worth before he decides to enter.
His willingness to enter makes perfect sense. He stood outside and knocked. He waited for someone to answer. When they did, He was happy to enter and break bread with them.
And will sup with him, and him with me.
I know for me personally, I do not eat with just anyone. My discretion is not based on social status, economics, or race. It is based on my comfort level in their presence and some mutual understanding of what sharing a meal symbolizes.
Breaking bread is not just about eating. It is more importantly about kinship. In some cultures, eating a meal establishes a relationship. In others, it is meant to celebrate successful negotiations in business and marriage. Sitting together to share a meal removes all differences for a common human objective, the nourishment of the body, mind, and spirit. This is my philosophy and is not written in stone. But you should think about who sits at your dinner table and why.
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God is not shallow like me. He said if I sup with him, He will sup with me. Whether it’s a cup of tea or string bean casserole (sorry I really want some for dinner tonight), He will sit and sup with whoever is willing to answer His knock at the door.
The benefit of inviting God in is that He will be an honest counselor. Whether we get so busy that we forget the purpose of our service to each other or we’ve allowed ourselves to entertain strange doctrines on our journeys toward enlightenment. In His fellowship, we can learn where we’ve hit the mark and where we’ve missed it. What a good friend we have in Jesus!
I know that everyone comes to the revelation of God in their own time. He calls us each individually. He knocks at our individual doors. If you’ve heard the call, but not sure how to answer, below is a way to get here. The road map is simple, but that’s what makes it so hard. Read the prayer below out loud to yourself so that your ears hear the words. Faith comes by hearing.
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