David Brandt Berg
What will you do with Jesus? Have you taken Him into your heart? Or will you take Him into your heart now, tonight, or today, or whatever time it is wherever you are?
It doesn’t matter where you are. You don’t have to be in a church building or a temple or a synagogue or a mosque. You can receive Jesus wherever you are; you can take Him into your heart right now. All you have to do is ask Him into your heart. You don’t even have to do it out loud, or pray aloud, or lift your hand, although sometimes we like to see it, to know that you’re asking Him in.
All you have to do is pray in your heart, “Jesus, please come into my heart.” For He’s knocking at your heart’s door. He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice—I’m calling you—and will open the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20). He’s promised. All you have to do is open your heart’s door and ask Jesus to come in. Just open your heart’s door. He didn’t even say you have to ask Him. Just the fact that you open your heart and want Him, means He’ll come in.
Do you hear His voice tonight in your heart, in your own guilty conscience? In your spirit do you feel the conviction of His Spirit of love? Do you hear Him knocking at your heart’s door? All you have to do now is go to the door and open it, and He will come in. Have you done that? Did you want Jesus to come in? Then you opened the door.
You didn’t have to say a word! You didn’t have to raise your hand. You didn’t have to walk the aisle of some church or kneel at some altar. You didn’t have to pray aloud. You didn’t have to shake the preacher’s or the priest’s hand. You didn’t have to go through confirmation. You didn’t have to go through the whole missal. You didn’t have to go through the prayer book. You didn’t have to read the whole Bible first.
All you had to do is feel that tugging of His precious, loving Holy Spirit in your heart and want Him to come into your heart. Just open the door, and He said, “I will come in.” It’s a promise. If you wanted Him to come in, you opened the door of your heart and there He stood smiling in love, and then He walked straight into your heart. You didn’t have to say a word. You didn’t have to beckon Him to come in. You didn’t have to beg Him or plead with Him. All you had to do is turn the knob on that door, unlock that hard, resistant door, and open your heart’s door to Him, and He came in.
He said, “I will come in. If any man open the door, I will come in.” Did you open the door? Then He came in, and He’s now in your heart, in your soul, in your life forever, and forever after. If you opened the door and you wanted Him to come in, He has come in.
Now Christ lives in you, your hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Now Jesus is in your heart. He’s going to change your life. He’s going to help you to love Him more and love others more. He’s going to make you hungry for spiritual food, food for your soul from His Word, the Bible. He’s going to make you so hungry, like a little baby at his mother’s breast.
“Except ye be as a little child, ye shall in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven” (Luke 18:17). For He says, “Ye must be born again of water,” the first time, “and of the Spirit,” the second time, “or ye shall not see the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). You have to be reborn spiritually. You’ve been born once already, physically, of water in your mother’s bag of waters from which you came. But you must be reborn spiritually, a new birth, born again, or you’ll never see the kingdom of God.
If you’re therefore born twice this way, you’ll only die once. But if you’re only born once, you will die twice—the first a physical death, and then a spiritual second death, a terrible death to contemplate, if for no other reason than it’s just away from God, separated from Him, out of His fellowship. Even there, nothing can separate you, really, from His love and His mercy (Romans 8:38–39). Someday He’s going to have mercy on you anyway, but you’ll have to suffer and learn lessons first.
Why not take Him today? Why not open the door now, receive Him right now in your heart? In Jesus’ name. Just in your own consciousness, in your own mind, in your own heart, by voluntarily opening the door, wanting Him to come in, and He’s promised to come in. He has come in if you did that. He’s already living in you, and He’ll help you to love Him and love others and love His Word and love to tell others about Him and what great love and joy and peace and happiness He’s given you, and wonderful forgiveness for your sins, a clean heart.
“For the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). All sin. A-L-L, all sin. Past, present, and future. You don’t have to worry about mortal sins and venial sins, sins you can be forgiven and sins that you’re supposedly not forgiven, sins that you only have to go to purgatory for and other sins that you’ll have to go to hellfire for. You don’t have to worry about all those different kinds of sins, because you’re going to be forgiven for all your sins: past, present, and future. He promised, “For the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.” Praise God!
You know you’ve done things you shouldn’t have. You know you’ve done things that were wrong, that were unloving, unkind, and hurt others, that hurt God and His loving Holy Spirit. You know that you’re a sinner. There’s no use trying to pretend you’re not, because His Word says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There’s none righteous; no, not one. For all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to our own way. But the Lord has laid upon Jesus the iniquity of us all” (Romans 3:23, 10; Isaiah 53:6).
Lord, help them right this moment, even as we pray, or perhaps they’ve already done it, already wished You’d come in, already wanted You to come in, already opened their heart’s door and invited You into their hearts, and You have come in. We hope so, Lord. This could be their last chance.
You’ve done everything You could to convince them, convict them, love them, draw them, pull them, trying to persuade them with Your voice of love outside the door. But if they will not open that door, You’re not going to batter Your way in. You’re not going to force Your way in. You’re not going to insist on coming in. Just the meek and lowly Jesus will stand there still knocking at their heart’s door until their hour’s past and their time has come.
Lord, if they’ll just come now, You promised You’d receive anybody, that You’d come into anybody’s heart. “He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). If they come to You right now, Lord, in their hearts, invite You in, You won’t cast them out. You’ll receive them, forgive them, save them, and make them happy forever. We hope they have, Lord. For we know if they have, they will be happy here and now and forever as they love and serve You and love and serve others and try to make them happy too, in Jesus’ name.
God bless you! I hope you have made that choice and received Jesus. Goodnight, good-bye, good day, good afternoon, good morning. Whatever it is, wherever you are around the world, Jesus loves you. Remember that: Jesus loves you!
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