Jesus knocking at the door

Will We Open Our Heart’s Door to Jesus?

“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 is the Lord’s plan that our hearts be an epistle “known and read of all men” (II Cor 3:2-3). A temple where our hearts are open and people can see God reigning on the very throne of our heart.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Revelation 11:15-19)

God has always wanted the temple of our heart, where true worship comes from, to be “open.” It has always been God’s plan for people to open their hearts fully to the Lord and the preaching of the full truth:

  • “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” (Acts 16:14)
  • “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord” (II Cor 2:12)
  • “But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” (I Cor 16:8-9)
  • “And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” (Acts 14:27)

As the temple of the Lord in the New Testament (see I Cor 3:16), the “door” we need to fully open to all the will of God is the door of our heart! This is so that worship from the heart can be properly “repaired” and maintained. In the Old Testament, this is exactly what King Hezekiah did to properly re-estabilish the full, true worship of God:

“He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.” (II Chron 29:3-7)

Today we need to be sure that “other gods/idols” are not competing for space within the New Testament temple of the Lord. Our personal goals, plans, personalities, and preferences must be appropriately purged out to make room for God to “fill the temple”.

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (II Cor 6:16)

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