Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come into him (meet you where you are) and will dine with him and he with Me.
In context, Jesus invites lukewarm believers for a time of fellowship with Him as the remedy for lukewarmness.
God speaks through the Word; believers can hear Him.
Jesus mentions followers have the capacity to hear His voice as He calls them, all they must do is open the door; take some time for Him, rest awhile with the Word, and also believe He will speak.
Consistency in the Word is important.
Sup is actually used for dine-in the Kings James Version. Sup is really the main meal of the day, revealing the need for daily time with Him. How many skip their main meal of the day? Not many. I look forward to supper time. Do you? In the same way, looking forward to our daily time with Him.
“He sups with us and we with Him” v20“He sups with us and we with Him” v20
This refers to personal communication, as you respond to word or words He has for you.
Before you respond you need to observe this text in the setting, to see what Jesus is really saying to you.
This refers to personal communication, as you respond to the words He has for you.
Adding just the two verses surrounding v20 gives clarity.
Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will]. AMP
Response: This seems harsh, but God’s rebuke brings a benefit.
Come back to your senses and be restored to reality. Don’t even think about refusing my rebuke! Don’t you know that I’m ready to pour out my spirit of wisdom upon you and bring to you the revelation of my words that will make your heart wise? (Proverbs 1:23)
Purpose: The lord’s rebuke is actually to lead to restoration, for that reason, it’s wise to repent because it will make your heart wise.
“To him who overcomes (gets the victory over sin, being lukewarm), I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…” This is actually a place of blessed affection and also entrusted authority in prayer.
Response: Biblical Meditation requires a response. Apply the Word personally.
- What do you think of the idea of Jesus’s invitation to you to have supper with him?
- Is it one thing you would like to carry out? Are you unsure, afraid?
- Will you create the amount of time needed to invest in meeting with God?
Answer truthfully: the Lord knows where you are actually. He wants to know if you understand where are and are you ready to make changes?
Possibly your response is about v19 concerning the rebuke, or even in v21 about the over-comer that sits along with Jesus in a position of delegated authority.
Benefit: Your response brings both depth and a fuller picture of your prayer.
As a prayer, you represent the Body of Christ, the Church. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Depth: Prayers of this kind bring wisdom and growth to the Church as you are willing to change and mature and grow up in Christ.
Breadth: Your prayer will affect others in the Church who are at the same place you are spiritually.
Application: If you’re in a prayer group, share for a short time to get the full prayer picture, what God is speaking at this time, then pray out what He gave you. If you’re by yourself, just pray out what you received.