Listen to today’s devo!

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. (Rev. 3:20)

I have a close relationship with my parents. We live within an hour of each other, so it’s not unusual for them to drop in unexpectedly. The front door opens, and Mom peeks around it, smiling and saying “Knock, knock!” Dad follows close behind. It’s the same when we visit their house. No one considers waiting for an invitation to come in because the mutual love and respect between us ensures that the door is always open.

I used to think Jesus’ words in Revelation 3:20 were addressed to the people of the world—to sinners and unbelievers. But no, he was speaking directly to his church! The churches in Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea had allowed other things in—false prophets, immorality, self-sufficiency—while leaving Jesus standing out in the cold. Only the churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia had kept the door shut tightly against Satan, while keeping it open for God. Isn’t it interesting that Christ promised one of them “an open door that no one can shut” (Rev. 3:8)?

Where do you stand with Jesus? Does the Spirit of God enter freely as he wills, or must he stand outside and wait for you to let him in? It’s time to invite Jesus into your living space, even if that means you must change how you live in that space. It’s time to open the door.

Open the door of your life to Christ.

Laura Hurd is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and holds a master’s degree from Wesley Seminary. She pastors with her husband, Jason, in rural Nebraska.

© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.