Knock on each door that is sealed,
Through which more glory’s revealed.
God will come and He’ll open; go through!
None can close what He’s opened for you!
When you pray to your God and believe,
You’ll from Him in abundance receive.
If you seek, you will find treasures new;
When you knock, He will open for you.
The service began with guest speaker Brother Christoph Matulke referring to Hymn No. 222 Everyone has some kind of closed door. We feel that something should be different. If we have the right attitude, we will always be moving towards the divine nature, the sigh of the first embryo for perfection will never fade.
On the other hand, when we think that we are already saints, we have done this and that so well, we miss the need for development. After all, Jesus himself was like a man and humbled himself, and even more so we will have much work to do on ourselves.
John 17:20-21: “And I ask not only for them, but also for those who through their word will believe in me. That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” When I notice my own evil nature, am I then one with Christ to humble myself? Brotherhood is established between people who see their natures and work on them. Then in God’s love, unbreakable bonds of brotherhood are formed. However, the day you stop humbling yourself, you yourself will dissolve these bonds of brotherhood.
John 17:23: “I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them, as you also loved me.”
I am so awful, does God really love me? YES, because He just showed you what kind of person you are! If you see something that doesn’t fit into eternity, that’s a sign of His love for you, because then you know what you have to do to be together with Him.
Song WoL 59:
To be more humble is our greatest need now;
We need much deeper, deeper down to go.
What can we e’er accomplish on high places,
When Christ Himself went through the valley low?