Last week I shared with you, from the third chapter of Revelation, the letter God dictated to John, to the Church in Laodicea, as he was on the Island of Patmos. My text was taken from Revelation 3:14-22. God told Laodicea they were neither hot not cold. He wished that they were either hot or cold, instead of lukewarm. They were half and half Christians. They looked the part but didn’t live the part. I told you of the two kinds of Christians: Carnal and Spiritual. The carnal are the Sunday and Wednesday night Christians; the Spiritual, are those who live according to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis and are totally committed. Even though it displeased God for them to be lukewarm He still loved them so much until He made a point to say: “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and eat with him and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) This week I offer to you part 2 of: “Jesus is Knocking; Won’t You Let Him in?
There are still lukewarm believers. However, God is still saying, “ Whoever is not with me is against me.” (Matthew 12:30) Even though this is true, He’s also still knocking on the doors of hearts, desiring to be received in. He does so because He loves us so much and desires that all people be saved. (1Timothy 2:3-4) If there should be someone who has not received Him into their heart, He’s waiting. Because He desires that all people be saved:
1. God is patient. 2Peter 3:9 tells us the reason Jesus has not returned is because He is patient and His will is that no one should perish. He’s patient because He knows the tragedy that awaits us if we don’t open our hearts and let Him in. Sometimes He knocks through the words of a song or a sermon. He might knock by way of our sorrows or tribulations. He’s saying, through the Holy Spirit, “I want to come in and be your God and you be my child.” Jesus patiently knocks saying let me in. Don’t turn Him away.
2. Jesus is not choosy about whose door He knocks on. He said if ANY man opens up I’ll come in. (Revelation 3:20) God is no respecter of persons He sees all of us the same and loves each of us individually. Therefore it doesn’t matter who we are; where we’re from or what we’ve done, He wants to live in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. The only sin we cannot be forgiven for is when we totally reject the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31)
3. God makes us a promise. He tells us that if we open the door of our hearts to Him He will not only come in and fill us but His Son Jesus has gone away to prepare a place for us that where He is there we shall be also. (Matthew 14:2-3) It’s up to us. We must allow Him into our hearts. He will not force His way in.
An illustration is given about a woman who received a notice that she was going to be evicted from her home if she didn’t pay her rent on a certain date. Well, she didn’t have the money to pay so on that particular day she sat waiting for them to come and evict her. A friend wanted to give her the money to pay her rent. The friend went to the house and knocked and knocked, but the woman wouldn’t open the door. She called out to her, “If you are in there let me in.” The woman heard her but still wouldn’t open the door. After trying and trying and not getting an answer the friend with the money finally left. Consequently a few days later the landlord came and evicted her and left her homeless. The woman didn’t answer her friend’s knock, because she thought it was the landlord come to put her out and she missed her blessing. Sometimes people hear God knocking on the door of their hearts but are afraid if they open up they will have to give up too much or they will lose friends or they will be asked to do something they don’t want to do. I beseech you by the mercies of God, if you haven’t let Him in and hear His voice, open up and let Him in. He is standing there to give you the gift of eternal life.