The Message (MSG)
20-21“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!
22“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”
Are you aware of how close Jesus really is? Do you know that a mere “door” separates you and Him? Have you not heard Him knocking? Are you afraid to let Him in? What is hindering you from having a relationship with the One who died for you to save you from sin? Is is shame? Is is fear? Is is the feeling of being unworthy? Maybe it’s self-esteem or is it pride? Perhaps it is simply wrong-minded thinking and we just need to ask God “erase” all the wrong equations in our lives. Is the simple solution to our questions just hidden by layers of wrong teachings and misunderstanding?
As we read the above scripture tonight at Bible Study, I never read the part about conquerors before like I did tonight. I had read the part about Jesus knocking at the door and about ears being open, but some how I must have missed the part about being an overcomer and conqueror. Hmmm wonder how that happens? We are all called to be overcomers, yet few choose to actually do just that. We get comfortable where we are and never get the thirst for the heavy-duty things of God. What stops us? Does it get to hard? Is the pain of the past stabbing us so we can not move forward with the things of God?
Partly for me was not believing God enough to provide for me. I know that writing is what I was designed to do, yet I was too “scared” to step out in faith and actually show the world how God works in my life. I would write journals and share a thing or two with others but to write a blog and actually SHARE! God had to show me that I was helping Him make a difference and the more He did the more I let Him in and the more revelation He shared. This brings me back to the door. How many of us have put locks or bolts on that door? Are we so afraid of the things God is going to change in us we want to keep Him on the other side of the door? Goes back to the are you JUST saved aspect of Christianity. God has so many awesome things planned for our lives, why would we want to miss out?
Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of rejection. Fear of not fitting it. When we are scared we want to put ourselves in a safe place and just hope the world goes away. How are we going to conquer anything that way? I want that special seat in Heaven with Jesus at the head table. God wants His children to have all that He has destined for them. He wants us to run the race and along the way grow stronger in the things of Him. If we just accept our saving grace and then sit back and live life, what have we conquered? We should press into the things God has for us and seek His will in our lives. We are called to be doers of the word not just readers.
I urge us all to start removing the locks and bolts from our Jesus doors and begin to let Him in. Let Him teach us right thinking, letting go of that which hinders us and make room for His love to fill us with love. We cannot receive the things we have from Him when we are close minded or refuse to yield to Him. Open your eyes to see Him standing at the door and knocking. Now open the door and receive Him. Look into His eyes and feel peace, love and joy wash over you. Let Him do a mighty work in your life so the Father can be glorified. Be the overcomer you were called to become. See yourself as the Father does, seated at the head table with His Only Begotten Son!