Revelation 3:20 “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.” (NRSV)
Christ’s message to the church folks in Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22) is not very complimentary. Jesus complains about their lackadaisical and laid-back attitude to being involved in the work of their congregation. They had become lukewarm because they took God’s grace for granted, so Jesus expressed His disappointment with the church. It must have been a hard message to receive and one that probably offended a number of Laodicean folks at that time. They wanted to be encouraged for their effort, not rebuked, even if it was only a meager one.
The good thing about the passage is that Jesus wasn’t willing to give up on them. In fact, He was ready to personally get involved in each of their lives. Today’s highlighted verse describes Christ as standing outside of the door of the church, or even each individual’s heart, just waiting to be welcomed back into the congregation and the personal lives of each church member. It’s a beautiful image of how God’s grace actually works – we are always offered it when we least deserve it.
The good folks in Laodicea must have heeded Christ’s message because, 1900 years later, the church still exists there today. It is an example of how the truth about our faith can actually help re-motivate ourselves, if especially if we are honest about our casual approach to our personal commitment to Jesus and His Church. In these uncertain times, we need to grow our faith in order to use our faith to overcome our fears, anxieties, and worries.
Point to ponder: Have I distanced myself from God? Am I willing to let Christ back into my life?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You know everything about us and how faithful we actually are. Help us to re-evaluate our spiritual lives especially during these trying and unusual times. Encourage us to open our hearts, homes, and churches to Your gracious presence. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s image is an old drawing of John’s called ‘Sunrise Communion.’ If you want to view a larger version, please click here.