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The reality of my world and God’s world is very different. The good news is that God wants to enter our reality and change it. Indeed, He is inviting all of us into His reality to get to know Him more. Moreover, He is doing that out of love and for His glory.
Ever since I was a 5-6-year-old, I knew that God’s calling for my life was to become a minister. When I was 8-9 years of age, the Pastor of the Congregation we were part of gave me a book about the life of a missionary by the name of David Livingstone. I was impacted by his experience and his dedication to doing the Lord’s will and ministry in Africa.
As I grew up, I forgot about God’s calling, and I began to pursue my dreams. I wanted to be a politician and not a minister. Furthermore, while in high school, together with some of my friends from my Congregation, I began to walk away from the ways of the Lord. And for almost all of my time in University, I was not interested in God, not in a real way. I began to hang out with the wrong people, doing my own thing and trying to satisfy my desires.
Soon enough my life became a real mess— you can read more here. However, one day I felt I was at the end of my strength, and I cried out to the Lord for help and
He bent down to me and heard my cry Psalm 40:2 (TLV)
That was the most important day of my life because God gave me the grace to surrender my life to Him. And open the door of my life to Him.
This is not the end of the story. After I was baptized in the water, I did begin seeking the Lord to the best of my abilities. Nevertheless, very soon I asked myself, God, what’s next? God, is this all? I was thirsty and hungry for the Lord. And little did I know how He would answer my prayers and how He would lead me. In a way, the Lord opened a door for me and invited me to draw closer to Him.
As I did mention before, the book of Revelation is my favorite one. And in chapter 3 & 4 of the book of Revelation, we can read among other things about two doors. And from these doors, we can learn at least two things.
1. We need to invite God to transform our reality
In Revelation 3:20 (TLV) we read
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
This is a famous verse that is often used by preachers who evangelize non-believers. However, here the risen Jesus is talking with believers. He is talking with His Church in Laodicea. Moreover, the interesting part is that He is standing outside of His Church and not inside of it! Is it possible for people to do Church without Jesus in their midst? Apparently, it is possible.
Next, we find Jesus outside of His Church and knocking at a closed door. He wants to come in but the door is closed for Him, and He is kept outside. And this is a door that only we can open for Him, as He will not break it or force it. If we do not want to open it, He will respect our decision, as He always does.
But if anyone in the Church will hear His voice, He will come in. Probably people do not hear His voice because there is too much noise in the Church. Nevertheless, Jesus would like to come in our reality and take over our lives and programs and ministries, if we would let Him. This truth applies to a personal level too, not just for the Congregation.
2. We need to accept God’s invitation to enter His reality
In Revelation 4:1 (TLV) we read
After these things I looked, and behold, a door was standing open in heaven. And the first voice, which I had heard speaking with me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.
From the moment John did receive God’s call to come through this door, his life was changed entirely. Furthermore, we see John joining the worship around God’s throne, and that he hears the prayers of the persecuted and martyred saints. He beholds the judgments being poured out on earth and the war in heaven and earth. Moreover, he saw God’s final victory over Satan, the establishment of God’s Kingdom and the final restoration of creation and the New Jerusalem.
We desperately need the heaven’s perspective over the earth. Only when we enter God’s reality and world, we will be able to see the spiritual war we are in. Only then will we learn how to worship Him.
The first door is a door we need to open and let Jesus come in and transform our reality and be the center of our world. But the second door is a door already open, and we are invited to enter through it, in His reality and be part of His world— just like John.
Let us enter His world and reality, by faith
We need both doors in our lives and ministries. Two thousand years ago, God sent Jesus into the mess of our world, to change it. And He did change it! Moreover, He continues to change lives. I know that at the moment I did open the door of my heart to Him, He came in and began changing me and my reality. Needless to say, I know He still has lots of other changes to do. And that’s OK. I continually pray that He will never stop working in my life, even though sometimes it is hard.
Maybe you are like me today. You did receive God’s saving grace by faith, and you are part of a Congregation. And perhaps you are asking yourself: God, is there more or is this all there is? Maybe you did experience God’s saving grace, and Jesus delivered you from many sinful habits. Let me tell you that there is more than that. God wants to show you a different door, a door that is waiting for you to step in. A door from where you will see His reality and be part of His world.
Pray with me:
Father, I am grateful for Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. Thank you that you changed my world and reality at the moment You came into my life. Jesus, continue to change me and transform me, for Your glory. I invite You Holy Spirit to the deepest places of my heart to bring God’s will. Forgive me for forgetting that You also are waiting for me to draw closer to You and enter Your reality and world, a place from where I can see things from Your perspective. Holy Spirit, remove every veil from the eyes of my heart and mind and take me to the Holy of Holies, for Your glory. In the Name of Jesus, I pray.
Invite Jesus in the storm of your life today. He is the only one who can make a difference! And keep on inviting Him in every area of your life. And keep on asking Him to reveal Himself more to you. Jesus will do it when we pray in His Name [John 14:13-14].
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