Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22;Psalm 15:2-5; Luke 19:1-10
“If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
How about a return to simplicity? In this letter to the believers in Laodicea, Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20). He then encourages them to do nothing more than open the door. That’s a lot easier than a call to discipleship or a call to go out on mission. There’s no real sacrifice yet, no dying to self. Just open the door. Why? Because Jesus wants to be with them. All of that other stuff will come in his timing, but for now, just open the door.
Sometimes we can get a little mixed up in how we approach Jesus. We think that we have to get ourselves cleaned up before he can even speak with us, let alone “dine” with us! We think that we need to be as close to perfect as possible if we want to enjoy a relationship with him. The trouble is, we typically come up short. If this describes the way you think, you should meet Zacchaeus!
Zacchaeus is probably best known today for his diminutive stature. But in his own time, he was probably best known for his reputation—which wasn’t squeaky clean. A tax collector working for the Romans, he was known to extort money from his fellow Jews. But that didn’t matter to Jesus. He walked right up to Zacchaeus and invited himself over for dinner. Zacchaeus not only gladly accepted the invitation, he was so touched that he vowed to give away half his money and right his wrongs. Jesus knocked, Zacchaeus opened the door, and they dined together—in more ways than one!
Believe it or not, Jesus wants to dine with you. He’s knocking on the door of your heart right now. He wants you to know that his mercy and grace are a lot bigger than your sin. So go ahead and open the door today!
“Jesus, I believe, help my unbelief! I know I am unworthy, but I trust that you can heal me. Come into my heart today, Lord. I want to share my life with you.” ~WAU