READ : Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea brings a stinging rebuke. The church is lukewarm disgustingly so. The members are complacent, self-satisfied, passionless. Jesus told them how wretched they were, and how they needed to find in him the true riches.
But then, amazingly, Jesus said: “I reprove and discipline those whom I love.” Think of it he loves these prideful people still! And after calling them to repent, he offers them a magnificent promise: “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me” (v. 20).
I’m thinking now of a young couple who were uncertain about their relationship to the Lord. I asked them if they had ever invited him into their lives. They said, “Oh, yes, many times.” But they didn’t know if he had come in.
We looked at this verse together. I asked, “Did you open the door?” They said, “Yes.” “Then what did Jesus do?” They saw it. They beamed. “He came in!” That was thirty-five years ago. They know today that he came to stay.
Thank you, Lord, that when we open the door in faith and prayer, you come in. Amen.