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. (Rev. 3:20 NKJ)
Dining with Jesus, as mentioned in our scripture above, is figurative language for having fellowship with Him. It is a place of intimacy with God’s Presence.
Interestingly, the statement above was made to the believers in the Church of Laodicea. It was not made to unbelievers telling them to become saved. But the believer is brought into God’s presence the day he or she believes in Christ. So, what dimension of fellowship is Jesus referring to?
You see, despite the fact that we are brought into God’s presence in fellowship with Him at salvation, not every one of us is seeing those results practically in every day life. If you are truly in God’s presence, then you should hear His voice practically, experience His presence fully, be clothed with His glory, etc. This is not the experience of the majority of believers because so many have still not come into the place of practical fellowship.
God’s expectation is that after we receive Christ, we should mature and grow in His Presence and start living practically from there. The things we long to see – the protection, the provision, the heavenly atmosphere, hearing His voice, getting direction in life, etc. – are all the result of practical fellowship, which means living practically in God’s presence. You do not have to struggle to get into His presence. You are in it already! Rather, become mature and train yourself to live every day in His presence.
What is a key to developing practical fellowship with God’s presence from Rev. 3:20 above? Can all believers develop this rich, practical fellowship with God’s presence?
APPLY THE WORD
You train yourself in God’s presence by feeding on the Word constantly, by spending time in prayer with the Spirit, and above all by surrendering to His Presence within you. Start practicing today!
Ask the Lord to help you move to a higher level of living in His Presence as you open the door of your heart to His Word.
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