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Those Who Abide In God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Revelation 3:14,20, NKJV


          This isn't only just Jesus wanting in to our lives, to transform us as we are now, into being His in Heaven's eternal gates. This is a revelation that He will "dine with [the person who is saved], and [that same saved person] with Me." It is a proclamation in which we are called to come eat and have a major feast with the Lord of Hosts.

          Yes, it may seem that Heaven is boring to some people. But there are other verses which proclaim the exact opposite. Here are a few:

          - We will worship God (see Isaiah 6:3).
          - A great feast will be given (see Revelation 19:9).
          - The attitude will be that of great jubilation and celebration (see John 2:1-2).

          Knowing this then Heaven isn't this hum drum place where nothing exciting happens. Rather, we will all glorify God, be waiting in wondrous expectancy for any kind of celebration, and feasting on food (unlike what we do at certain social gatherings).

          What this means for a person who isn't yet with knowledge of Christ or of the Father is that they don't know the blessedness or have the assurance they so desperately need. It is with the sense of quiet desperation that there is "Something more" that our present lives need. But we can have a sense of purpose and love.

           It is like a bride who knows her husband is soon coming for her. She knows the time: maybe not so much the day or hour, but she's ready in case he appears to take her home to be with him. She's happy. She feels and knows love. She eagerly awaits this promise that she belongs to her husband and he to her.

          This is how Christians feel and see Christ. They wait rapturously for Him and the fact that once they are where He dwells there is no more sorrow or death or tears. And since sin and death have no place in Heaven, none of it will flow from a Christian any longer.

          Do you tire of sin in your life? All the lying, thievery, drunkenness, debauchery and the like? Are you so tired of it that you desire something more? By realizing you want and need more, you can come to a place where you are needed and loved. It is why Jesus told those who were so burdened and heavy laden, "Come," and "Sin no more." It means we find ourselves in Him.

          If you desire a relationship with Christ, He will take you just as you are. He loves you so much He gave Himself up on the cross. By believing in His death you have died. Also, in this same way, when He rose from the grave and believing He rose, you now have life eternal with Him too. There are no conditions or regulations for anyone coming to Christ. Just simply come. That's why John wrote those words: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." I pray this encourages you to doing more in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In His name I pray. Amen.