“Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.”
Revelation 3:20 (HCSB)
According to The American Heritage Dictionary, a gentleman is defined as a well-mannered and considerate man with high standards of proper behavior. Jesus, therefore, can be described as a perfect gentleman. This fact is beautifully portrayed as John writes to the church in Laodicea.
The church of Laodicea had fallen away from the true love relationship that Jesus desired of them. Jesus could have forcefully commanded each and every person to immediately confess and turn from their wickedness and reestablish their intended relationship with Him. He could have, but He did not. He stood at the door and knocked. Jesus said, “IF you open the door, I will come in.” A true gentleman does not intrude on a place he is not invited. The same is true for Jesus.
At this point you may be asking the question, “If Jesus never goes anywhere He is not invited, and He and the Father are One (John 10:30), then how can one say He is everywhere?” The answer is simply this, Jesus is either at the door knocking or already inside. The fact remains, He is there! So if you question His presence and cannot seem to find Jesus in your difficult situation, make sure the door is open and you have extended Him an invitation.
People question God (Jesus's) presence all the time. Where was He on September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the United States, December 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School, or over the past 24 hours when an estimated 150,685 babies worldwide were aborted? He was there! He was knocking! But because Jesus is a gentleman, He does not force Himself into situations. Jesus is a “by invitation only” kind of guy.
If you are reading this and you have an open door toward Jesus, I praise the Lord for that! However, if you sense Jesus knocking, put everything on hold and take a moment to open the door. So many people in the church, the body of Christ, are stagnant in their relationship with the Lord. I pray for a rededication, revival, and reestablishment of the church to its rightful love relationship. Invite Jesus to go with you for a drive, to work, to school, to the movies, to the mall, or wherever it is you are going to be today. Invite Him. Remember, a true gentleman would never go anywhere he was not invited, and Jesus is THE perfect gentleman!
Written in service to my first love – Jesus Christ,
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