“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. … He that hat an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 3:20, 22).
The admonition to “HEAR” was spoken to all seven of the churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Throughout the New Testament we find a great emphasis on “HEARING GOD.” Throughout the ages God has spoken and moved men and women to action. Yet, we cannot and must not live on yesterday’s manna, we need a fresh word from God today!
In the midst of all the differing voices and all the distractions that we have today, may God help us to HEAR and HEED what the Spirit of God is saying to us personally and the church corporately today. Sadly, in this passage, Jesus is on the outside of the church, looking in. The party is in full force, but Jesus hasn’t been invited!
CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES THAT BECOME SATISFIED SELDOM HEAR THE STILL VOICE OR KNOCK OF JESUS BECAUSE OF ALL THE NOISE INSIDE!
What an amazing promise made to a not so amazing church; a lukewarm church at that. In spite of the church’s present cold, calloused, and carnal condition (unfortunately, the sad thing is the church doesn’t even realize their true condition -Revelation 3:14-20), Jesus still desires to come in. He promises that if any man (I am sure women are included) will simply HEAR HIS VOICE and open the door, He will enter and fellowship will be restored. Yes, Jesus is still knocking on the door!
Now, that’s what you call biblical revival (Psalm 85:6)!
There’s something vastly important to learning to hear the Spirit of God as He speaks, or whispers to us. As one author wrote:
Still, I’ve come to believe that hearing the quiet whisper of the transcendent God is one of the most extraordinary privileges in all of life— and potentially the most transforming dynamic in the Christian faith. When people hear from heaven, they are rarely the same again. When the sovereign God chooses to communicate with someone— whether eight, eighteen or eighty years old— that person’s world is rocked. … In the course of ministry life, I meet many people who claim to have never heard the promptings or whispers of God. Not even once. Sometimes when I probe a little deeper, I discover that their lives are so full of noise that they can’t possibly hear the Holy Spirit when he speaks. Cell phone calls during their commute, boisterous restaurant gatherings with friends, a houseful of excitable toddlers or countless hours of reality TV provide a constant roar of distraction that drowns out any whisper that might be sent their way.
Just reflecting on the voice of the Living God!