Pursuing holiness: Is Jesus knocking at your door?
I have been blessed and challenged lately by the teaching of the late Robert Mulholland. Let me share some paraphrased thoughts with you as they relate to our Orchard emphasis on holiness.
We read this in Revelation 3:20 -
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
The Laodiceans were called to repent. The knock is the reproof of Jesus. Repentance is opening the door. Notice that Jesus does NOT say "if you clean up your act and come out..."
Rather, he says if you'll open the door, I will come IN. He will come into our deadness with his resurrection life! He will come into our darkness with his light! He will come into our brokenness with his wholeness! He will come into those areas of destructive bondage with his liberating grace!
He will come in with his transforming presence. He says He will eat with us. The word used is found elsewhere in the NT only of the Lord's supper, the intimate communion with Jesus.
If we open the door (repent), he will come in and nurture us with his presence.
What a great picture of the pursuit of holiness in the Christian life. Are there doors in your life where Jesus is knocking? Please repent! Open the door and let him in!