Opening the Door

Revelation 3:20
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.

It amazes me that God gives us the freedom to “invite” Him to be a part of our lives . . . . or to live without Him.  He IS the creator of the universe. He could easily let Himself in, forcing His way through a closed door.  But He loves us so much that He gives us a choice.  He knocks gently so that we know He is there. Then He patiently waits for us to decide. Our decision is a very important one.  Our choice allows in, or keeps out, The One who can save us.  We cannot save ourselves.

Following are some of the scriptures and principles in regards to this great invitation.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  (KJV)

It is fact.  We all have sinned.  Even the best person you know has sinned. Our first inclination may be to deny this fact.  We don’t want to admit that we sin, are afraid to admit that we sin, or we don’t want to deal with the sin that we know needs to change.  Scholars have many intricate and elaborite definitions of sin. For our purposes, I would like to share two simple ideas that has made it easier for me to understand.

The Greek Lexicon defines sin as “missing the mark”.  Picture a target with the bulls-eye being God’s perfect will and desire for us.  Any time we are off center, we have missed the mark!

Let’s also consider the following question:

“What is sin anyway?  It is so subjective.  What one person sees as wrong, another doesn’t.”

*Sin is anything that harms us or someone else. It is anything that grieves God.*

I must confess, I am mostly inaccurate in my attempts at hitting the bulls-eye.  There have been many times that I have done things to hurt God, myself, or someone else with my thoughts, words or actions.  Without the Lord in our lives, it is impossible to “hit the mark”.  When we open the door to Jesus and invite Him in, He begins to teach us to take aim. He washes our past failures away, and by His sacrifice, makes the way of forgiveness for present and future offenses.

Philippians 2:8
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus paid the ultimate price: death upon a cross.  It took this great a sacrifice to cancel the wages of sin in our lives: death.  Sin brings death to our relationships, death to our physical bodies, and death to our freedom.  It separates us from God, both now and for eternity.  When we invite Jesus into our lives, He not only cancels our debt, but brings us the gift of eternal life.  We can walk with Him now and in the life to come.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

It was out of love that God sent His Son Jesus to save us, while we were yet sinners.  It is hard to phathom how the maker of heaven and earth could love us so very much.

Below is an opportunity to open the door to Jesus with a simple prayer.  It acknowledges that there is sin in our lives, that our sin leads us to death, and that Jesus died so that we could be freed from the penalty of our transgressions.  It asks Him to forgive us, to save us from the power of sin, and to bring us to eternal life with Him.  It invites Him to be an active part of our lives from this time forward.  It allows us to give ourselves to Him as He gave Himself for us.

There is power in the spoken word.  You may wish to read this prayer to yourself several times to allow it to penetrate your heart, then to pray it out loud.

Jesus, forgive me for I have sinned.  Please save me from the wages of my sin which is death.  I cannot save myself.   Thank You Jesus, that You loved me enough to die on the cross.  If there was no one else who needed You, You would have sacrificed Yourself for me.  Jesus, I receive Your forgiveness.  There is nothing Your death does not cover.  I release my sin to You.   Thank You that by Your death, You have given me  the gift of eternal life.  Now, Lord,  I open the door of my heart and I give myself to You.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Welcome to God’s family!  You are now a new creation in Christ.  Your old life is past and a new life for you has begun.
A life to be lived in the fellowship of One who loves you unconditionally.
One who is always with you.
One who loves you more than you can understand.
One who, by grace, (unmerited favor), can be trusted to help you grow in the joy of your new life of faith.

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