"Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne."
Observation: Eating together as friends. Sitting with Jesus on His throne in the same way He sat with His Father on the Father's throne when Jesus won His ultimate victory.
Application: Folks, Jesus doesn't want slaves, or even servants. He wants equals! Now, this might be old news to y'all, but for this girl, it's huge. HUGE. Jesus wants loving family that will run to Him and rejoice with Him. WHo will see His face, so well-known, and those eyes of His, and share a moment of deep relationship . . . one of those silent exchanges that hold eternity suspended between two souls, filled with long experience and rough times and rejoicing and sorrow and overcoming . . . and then the joy will explode, and we'll shout and dance and hug and clap and sing, with Him. Can you feel the Holy Spirit trying to tell you, just a little, what that will be like? I'm just barely beginning to understand, as I've reached the point in my marriage and friendships that they've been tested and tried, gone through amazing highs and deep lows with these people by my side.