Do You Hear Him Knocking?

John 3: 17...For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved.

(Note: This article has been written by Christopher S. Esty from The Bible Post, and has been posted here with his permission. The source of this article can be found here: http://www.thebiblepost.com/do-you-hear-him-knocking.)

                                                             

“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 NKJV)

How would you feel if you poured your whole heart and soul into serving a just cause only to be rejected and criticized by those who benefited from your work?  I imagine that it would make you feel hurt.  Well, that is essentially what had happened to Jesus.  For the Bible tells us that “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:3 NKJV)  Yet when He came to His own “His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11 NKJV)  Instead, they accused Him of having committed all kinds of offenses for which He wasn’t guilty, and ultimately crucified Him because His life was a rebuke to theirs.  In other words, they couldn’t handle the truth, so they sought to silence it forever.

Is it any different today?  Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts because He wants to show us the same truth that He endeavored to reveal to those who crucified Him long ago.  Yet many refuse to let Him in.  And the irony of it all is that many of the people who are guilty of rejecting Him falsely assume that He’s already present within their hearts.  But their hearts are far from His.  For they are cold and empty.  They claim to be Christians, but when they ought to be busy about doing the righteous works of God they’re tearing each other to shreds over minute issues.  And some even go so far as to dig into the pockets of the poor and needy in order to live a comfortable and lavish life.

Jesus had said that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12 NKJV)  This is precisely what is happening today and has been happening for a long time now.  Why do we often expect God to do things for us that we aren’t willing to do for others?  We want God to bless us; yet we ignore the opportunities that He places before us to be a blessing to others.  We want God to forgive us; yet we refuse to let go of grudges that we have against those who have caused us pain.  We want God to love us; yet we continue to foster hateful feelings towards those who stand in the way of our pride.  We want God to make our dreams come true; yet we rob others of their dreams in order to supply our own wants.  And we want God to save us; yet we stand off in the distance with our mouths shut while others perish without knowing Jesus.

It’s time to wake up and stop being so wasteful of the time and resources that God has given us to be a light to the world.  We may not be able to reach everyone, but we certainly can reach out to those who are near and pray for those who are afar. Don’t waste time looking to fulfill worldly pursuits.  Instead, pour your heart and soul into everything that you touch, making the love of Jesus known wherever you go.  For there is no better pursuit than to seek what God wants for you, and no greater pleasure than to love like Him.

Listen! Do you here the sound of knocking?

Jesus is at the door…Will you let Him in?

by Christopher S. Esty
December 30, 2009
The Bible Post
http://www.thebiblepost.com/

 

 

 


  

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