Dinner for Two – Revelation 3:20
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
It never ceases to amaze me how often I can read the same verse and be delightfully surprised when the Lord returns me to the verse and takes me to a much deeper level. I suppose it’s like diving into the sea for treasures, only to find greater treasures when we learn to dive deeper. Such is the case with Revelation 3:20, a powerful verse about Jesus essentially knocking on the doors of our hearts and lives to be let in. A woman discipling me at one time had pointed out to me that Jesus is referring to people who already believe in Him, but even with the great revelation she had shared with me there was something I failed to see until the Lord opened up the eyes of my heart into the deeper still.
Jesus promises to sup – or share a meal with – those who open the door to His knocking. But notice how He uses the word “sup” two times. Why? He emphasizes He will sup with us AND we will sup with Him. Why? Why not just leave it at He will share a meal, or fellowship, with us? Ever shared a meal, or spent time with, someone who plain old isn’t interested in spending time with you? Ever observed a first date in a restaurant in which one person clearly has no interest in the other? Watched a couple walk down the street when one person is more interested in passersby than the other person? Noticed how someone you’re speaking to is more interested in the football game on tv behind your back as you stand talking to the person?
Jesus doesn’t knock on the doors of our hearts and lives so He can have a superficial, distant, one-way relationship with us whereby we are constantly looking over His shoulder at all life’s distractions. Jesus is inviting us into an intimate relationship with God through faith in Jesus. He died and rose again so we can have a personal, forever relationship with God. He wants to sup with us – and us with Him.
Are you? Open wide the door!