Read: Revelation 3:14-21
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice . . . I will come in. (v. 20)
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen is one of my favorite childhood stories. A self-absorbed emperor is tricked out of his riches by swindlers. The swindlers claim to weave luxurious clothes from the finest fabrics, but only those worthy of a royal position can see them. Reluctant to admit he doesn’t see anything, the emperor puts on the “clothes” and proudly parades in front of the town. He thinks he looks good until a child yells, “He doesn’t have anything on!”
In Revelation 3, the Laodicean church thinks it looks good. Its delusions of self-sufficiency keep the people from seeing how blind, needy, and tepid they really are. Because they’re lukewarm, Jesus warns that he will spit them out. If the church accepts correction and changes its ways, Jesus will show up at the door with spiritual resources it really needs: a fruitful life, indestructible garments, and clear eyesight.
Jesus knows who we really are and can expose our false identities. We can’t hide our true selves from him, and he doesn’t ask us to. Instead, he knocks on our door today, asks us to open it just as we are, and offers an authentic relationship. He wants to spend time with the real me and the real you. He is knocking. Let’s open the door. —Ericka Loynes
Prayer: Lord, open our ears to hear you knocking and give us the courage to let you in.