Today’s reading in Owen’s Communion with the Triune God described our communion with Jesus as the intimate meal of Revelation 3:20, “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.” Remember, Jesus extends this intimate invitation to people within a church; we often use it solely as an evangelistic plea. This invitation reveals more than His desire to be Lord of our hearts; it reveals His desire to be our lover and friend.
This supper with Jesus is far more than a bit of chit-chat over English Muffin Pizzas. It’s a divine feast. Just take a look at the rich fruits, spices, and wines described throughout Song of Songs! (Whether or not we’re willing to see it as such, Song of Songs is both a literal portrayal of lovers and a symbolic portrayal of Jesus’ relationship with us, the Church. You’ll be blown away at the gorgeous sensory-filled intimacy.)
But, how do we reply “yes” to this invitation? Opening the door and inviting Him in for the feast reaches far beyond our moments of meditation, praying, or singing. This feast takes place within our obedience of Jesus’ Words.
“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23.
When I obey Jesus’ words, I am communing with Him, feasting on His love, allowing Him to feast on my love for Him. Thus, Christians live in a gorgeous blend of practical behaviors, intimate respect, and pleasurable love.
I once heard a preacher implore the congregation, “walk in as much light as God has revealed to you”; to obey as much of God’s Word as we can. This is a sobering charge as I consider all of the wisdom that I know but do not do; I have no excuses because Jesus has lovingly given me everything I need for godliness (2 Peter 1: 3-4). Perhaps I do not take seriously enough the fact that my disobedience hinders my communion with Jesus. When I consider that His Words bring healing to my body and soul – that they are everything my spirit longs for – why wouldn’t I live in the light He has shown me? May God perfect my obedience!
Communion with Him is the greatest of gains. Obedience to His every Word is a feast unfathomable.