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Behold, I stand at the door and knock

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 (Revelation 3:20 KJV)

Preparing our hearts is a central theme of this year in our ministry, and Revelations 3:20 portrays Jesus standing at the door of people’s hearts and knocking. This verse describes our hearts figuratively by comparing it to a house with a door. In this symbolic house, we are the owners, and Jesus is the visitor standing outside. 

As Jesus knocks, the owner of the house needs to open the door and welcome Him in. However, opening that door requires us to break up three major locks that close our hearts to the Lord: understanding, believing, and surrendering. The specific locks closing the doors of our hearts differ for every one of us at any point in time. For example, Jesus spoke to believes in the Church of Laodicea, the Lukewarm church, in Rev. 3:20 above. He called them to repentance. The Laodicean Church had to surrender in obedience to Jesus’s commands.

 Though obedience is often the most significant obstacle, it is not always the case. Sometimes, our hearts are closed or hardened because we do not understand what God says. Or, more commonly, not believing God’s Word is the lock that closes the door of our hearts. So for some of us, Jesus is knocking now by asking us to believe what He says.

Whatever the case, Jesus knocks at the door of people’s hearts; we should let Him in to have sweet communion with us.

Read more: The Hidden Man of the Heart.

Watch from Deshen Live Bible Study Archives: The Hidden Man of the Heart.


What is the meaning of the opening of our hearts as described above?

Apply the Word

What is currently hardening your heart against Jesus today? Is it unbelief, failure to receive the truths He is communicating to you, or refusal to repent from a sin He has revealed in our lives? Respond to Jesus and open the door of your heart today.


Tell Jesus you want to unlock every lock that has closed your heart to Him today.

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