Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person. (Revelation 3:20)
Here is a biblical truth that is hard for many of us to internalize: Our Lord Jesus, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the Alpha and the Omega, desires intimate communion with each one of His children. And His desire is not just for communion each day, perhaps for 15 minutes in the morning or at the end of the day, but moment by moment. Jesus Christ is consistent, immutable; His desire for us is unchanging. We, on the other hand, are inconsistent and sinful; our hearts drift in and out of close communion with Jesus.
We know that we enjoy eternal union with our Lord Jesus. Once Jesus raised us from death to life, we were His, and nothing can ever separate us from Him — not our sin . . . not Satan . . . nothing can take us from the palm of His hand (Romans 8:38-39, John 10:28). But from time to time — and sometimes the intervals between “time to time” are all too brief — our hearts drift away from our devotion and dedication to Jesus. Often we do not even recognize the drift until we find ourselves far away from the anchor of our soul, much like a careless swimmer may be inexorably pulled away from shore by a rip current. My own experience has been that it is usually the people closest to me who recognize my heart drift before I do, and that is because the way I am relating to Jesus always affects the way I relate to others.
The key to keeping our hearts beating for Jesus is to draw near to Him each and every day. The more time we spend in His presence, the more fixed we will be in our focus on Him. When we are spending consistent time alone with Jesus, we will not hear any other knock on the door of our heart or any voice on the other side, because we will be enveloped completely in the presence of the Lord who loves us. At this level of living, we will experience exactly what we were made to experience in this life: the presence and the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.
How are things with you these days? Have you been experiencing any heart drift lately? What would the people closest to you say? Pause in His presence today and listen closely; Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart and calling to you. Open the door wide, and receive all the blessings He has in store for you today and every day.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!