Revelation 3:20 - Invite Jesus Into Your Life And A Relationship With Him Will Develop.

Rev. 3:20; Invite Jesus Into Your Life And A Relationship With 
Him Will Develop. 


Rev 3:20 (KJV)  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. 

Rev 3:20 (CWR)  I am standing at your heart's door, knocking.  
Anyone who hears my voice and opens the door will be glad, for I will 
come in and eat with him and he with me. 

Rev 3:20 (TLB)  "Look! I have been standing at the door, and I 
am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens 
the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me. 


The door. The door here referred to is under the control of man, 
and each person may open or shut it at will. Christ awaits each 
man's decision. This is the door to a man's soul. By His love, through 
His word, and through His providences, Christ knocks at the door of 
the emotions; by His wisdom, at the door of the mind; by His 
lordship, at the door of the conscience; and by His promises, at the door 
of man's hopes. [SDA Commentary] 

I stand at the door and knock. Usually taken as a picture of 
Christ's knocking on the door of the individual unbeliever's heart. In 
context, however, the self-deluded members of the congregation are being 
addressed. [NIV SB] 

I stand at the door and knock pictures the Lord Jesus seeking 
entrance into His own church (v. 14) for the purpose of renewed 
fellowship. Though it is often understood as Christ knocking at the door of 
an individual unbeliever's heart, the context makes that 
improbable. [Nelson SB] 

Christ is appealing to the worldly, compromising believers in 
the church to return and enjoy full fellowship with Him. [Ryrie SB] 

With him. Few acts are more indicative of fellowship and 
communion than partaking of food together. In these words Christ promises 
to share our experiences and invites us to share His. [SDA 

In Oriental fashion, this "eating" referred to the main meal of 
the day in which intimate friends would share together. Such a meal 
portrays the kind of fellowship that will exist in the coming kingdom of 
the Messiah. The church needed to repent of its self-sufficiency and 
compromise and return to Christ. (Life Application Commentary) 


The Laodicean church was complacent and rich. They felt 
self-satisfied, but they didn't have Christ's presence among them. Christ 
knocked at the door of their hearts, but they were so busy enjoying 
worldly pleasures that they didn't notice that he was trying to enter. 
The pleasures of this world--money, security, material 
possessions--can be dangerous, because their temporary satisfaction makes us 
indifferent to God's offer of lasting satisfaction. If you find yourself 
feeling indifferent to church, to God, or to the Bible, you have begun 
to shut God out of your life. Leave the door of your heart 
constantly open to God, and you won't need to worry about hearing his 
knock. Letting him in is your only hope for lasting fulfillment. [Life 
Application SB] 

Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts every time we sense 
we should turn to him. Jesus wants to have fellowship with us, and 
he wants us to open up to him. He is patient and persistent in 
trying to get through to us--not breaking and entering, but knocking. 
He allows us to decide whether or not to open our lives to him. Do 
you intentionally keep his life-changing presence and power on the 
other side of the door? [Life Application SB] 

Pray in your closet, and as you go about your daily labor let 
your heart be often uplifted to God. It was thus that Enoch walked 
with God. These silent prayers rise like precious incense before the 
throne of grace. Satan cannot overcome him whose heart is thus stayed 
upon God.  There is no time or place in which it is inappropriate to 
offer up a petition to God. There is nothing that can prevent us from 
lifting up our hearts in the spirit of earnest prayer. In the crowds of 
the street, in the midst of a business engagement, we may send up a 
petition to God and plead for divine guidance. A closet of communion may 
be found wherever we are. We should have the door of the heart open 
continually and our invitation going up that Jesus may come and abide as a 
heavenly guest in the soul..... live in the pure air of heaven.... Those 
whose hearts are open to receive the support and blessing of God will 
walk in a holier atmosphere than that of earth and will have constant 
communion with heaven.... Let the soul be drawn out and upward, that God may 
grant us a breath of the heavenly atmosphere. We may keep so near to 
God that in every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as 
naturally as the flower turns to the sun.  SC98-100 

Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or 
through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the 
voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the 
disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if 
disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less 
impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of 
life, and of the great eternity beyond.  DA489-490 


The lukewarm church is the most pitiful church of all.  Christ's 
word to the lukewarm church, and the lukewarm Christian, is one of 
rebuke. He stands at the door and knocks, and asks us to exchange 
fellowship with the world for a more intimate, challenging walk with Him. 
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Dear Friend,
How are you? I just had to send a note to tell you how much I 
love you and care about you. 
I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends. I 
waited all day, hoping you would want to talk with Me also. As evening 
drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to 
rest you - and I waited. You never came. Oh, yes, it hurts Me - but I 
still love you because I am your Friend. 
I saw you fall asleep last night and longed to touch your brow, 
so I spilled moonlight upon your pillow and face. Again I waited, 
wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you! You 
awakened late and rushed off to work. My tears were in the rain. 
Today you looked so sad - so all alone. It makes My heart ache 
because I understand. My friends let Me down and hurt Me many times, 
too, but I love you. 
Oh, if you would only listen to Me. I love you! I try to tell 
you in the blue sky and in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in 
the leaves on the trees and breathe it in the colors of flowers. I 
shout it to you in mountain streams and give the birds love songs to 
sing. I clothe you with warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature 
scents. My love for you is deeper than the ocean and bigger than the 
biggest want or need in your head. Oh, if you only knew how much I want 
to walk and talk with you. We could spend an eternity together in 
I know how hard it is on this earth; I really know! And I want 
to help you. I want you to meet My Father. He wants to help you, 
too. My Father is that way, you know. 
Just call Me - ask Me - talk with Me! Oh, please don't forget 
Me. I have so much to share with you! 
All right, I won't bother you any further. You are free to 
choose Me. It's your decision. I have chosen you, and because of this I 
will wait - because I love you! 
Your Friend,
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