Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
You Started This
You started this. I started what? You started my relationship with you. I would like to hear you say a lot more about that. You pursued me. I’m embarrassed and sad to say that I had no interest in you. My heart and mind and life were busy. My heart and mind and life were distracted. How so? I was pursuing what interested me. I was living the life I wanted to live. I lived for myself. I was self-sufficient, self-indulgent and self-reliant. I thought that I didn’t need or want anything from anybody, including you. I know how that sounds now. How does that sound? It sounds pathetic. It sounds ridiculous. It sounds arrogant. It is hard for me to admit. It is difficult for me to confess. I was desperately in need of you and I did not know it. That’s true.
That’s not the end of the story. I’m thankful that there is much more to the story. Let me hear the rest of the story. You would not let me go. You kept on pursuing me. You kept on reaching out to me. You kept on trying to get my attention. You knew it was just a matter of time before I would turn to you. Why is that? Your word says that the wages of sin is death. I was living a dark and sinful life. It was just a matter of time before I would begin to receive the full wages of the life I was living. My wages were pain and suffering. My way of life left me bruised and battered and broken. My course left me with no purpose and meaning or hope. Peace and joy were out of question. Finally, I reached rock bottom. You knew I would. Yes, I did. You knew that I would cry out to you. You knew that I would ask you for help. Yes, I did.
You were not far away from me. You were right next to me. You did not judge and condemn me, when I cried out to you. No, I did not. You came right into my heart and mind and life when I confessed my sin and turned my life over to you. Yes, I did. You had been waiting. You had been knocking. You were waiting for me to invite you into my heart and mind and life. Yes, I was.
What about now? What do you mean? I want to come into your heart and mind and life every day. I want us to live in an intimate relationship together. I want us to live in a constant dialogue of prayer together. What do you want? I want the very same thing. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would hear than your voice. There is no person I would rather talk to than you. So, you will keep on welcoming me into your heart and mind and life? Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I hear you knocking. You have gotten my full attention. I clearly hear your voice. I am listening attentively to you. I am opening the door to you. I welcome you to come into my heart and mind and life. Help me to live in an intimate life of prayer with you. Amen
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