“Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his homeand share a meal with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Jesus desires to share your life with you! This verse in Revelation tells us that he will develop a relationship with you when you open your life up to him, much like opening your home to a friend for dinner.
In John’s Gospel Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obeymy word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him” (John 14:23). When you think of someone ‘taking up residence” with you, it is as intimate as you can become with anyone.
Not only is Jesus with us individually, but he also is with us when we are gathered together as believers. He said, “For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20).
One reason he wants us to have a relationship with him is so that we can have a proper relationship with others. The New Testament tells us, “But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleansesus from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Relationships with others are important in order to be more effective in fulfilling the mission God has given us to reach the world. The blood of Jesus Christ removes the sin in our lives, the barriers that separate us, so we can be transparent with each other.
God has promised to be with us in all things. He promised the people of Israel, “Be strong and courageous! … For the Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you!” (Deuteronomy 31:6). There is absolutely no one else we know who can make this promise! As we get to know him better, we will learn to depend on God and his plan for us.
Today, ask yourself:
In what ways am I truly experiencing a relationship with Jesus?