We have all seen the depiction of Jesus, standing respectively, knocking on a physical door. We share that picture and make remarks directed towards those who may not know Jesus, to let them know HE wants to come into their hearts. Revelations 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” This familiar passage is not written to those who do not know HIM, but to those who have had a personal relationship with HIM.
The church in Laodecia boasted of all the good works of their hands and how active they were in the community. They were prospering and had need of nothing and because they did not stay connected to their Lifeline and work on their own hearts, the Lord was dismayed. HE said they were poor, blind and naked. HE wanted them to really look at themselves in the mirror HE held up before them.
The Laodecian church was asleep spiritually. They really didn’t mind a little worldliness creeping into their midst. They were not terribly moved when the doctrine was twisted a bit because it allowed them to remain lukewarm. The Lord actually sent the message that HE would rather they be ice-cold, have no knowledge of HIM at all, than to be lukewarm. Their passivity for everything going on around them made our Lord so sick HE wanted to throw up! DID YOU CATCH THAT? Do you love a hot cup of coffee? Have you ever let it sit too long and picked it up to drink and it is tepid or lukewarm? You want to spit it out! Do you have a preference for a cold drink on a hot summer day? There isn’t anything refreshing about that drink once the ice melts and it reaches room temperature. You will throw it out and get something fresh to drink. Hot or cold ~ great! Lukewarm ~ yuck. This is exactly the message the Lord was sending to them. They made HIM feel ill!
On the other hand, our humanity desires comfort. We do not personally like to be hot or cold. We love to be comfortable. Just the right temperature so we can relax and rest. This was the spiritual mindset of the church. To the world, they looked amazing. The Laodicean church was so wealthy that when the city was destroyed by an earthquake in A.D. 17, they refused any outside help to rebuild because the had plenty of riches to go it on their own and rebuild bigger and better than ever. Their main focus was money and they were the banking center of the area. They were also the best in the medical arena. They had the best doctors and medicine in that day. They needed nothing from anyone. They were comfortable and they relaxed.
Many churches today are remarkably similar to the Laodicean church. They are wealthy, they are active in the community and to the world, they look amazing and inviting. The world looks at the church through worldly eyes. If they can join the church and still remain comfortable, well, they are willing to jump on in and join by the hundreds. “Oh, look what this church can offer me!” “Oh look what they can offer my children!”
What about what Jesus can offer? Churches get rich off sermons regarding victorious lives. They throw in a scripture or two, so it sure sounds like God HIMSELF speaking, but it boils down to “Look what I can do for myself if I follow this prescription!” We have become puffed up, favor seekers. We don’t care who falls by the wayside as long as we “look good”. When was the last time we made Jesus look good? When was the last time we really fell on our faces before our Savior and said, “Search ME!”
But here is the love factor. Though the Laodicean church had pushed the Lord out and was busy doing their own thing, HE sends the sweetest message of love to them. HE said, “Though you have done everything in your power to nullify your need for me, I am right here. I am knocking on your heart and if you will but hear me and open the door, I want to come in and have dinner with you. I am waiting to fellowship with you once again.”
Even though HE was disgusted with their antics, HE was waiting patiently for their attention. HE wanted to see their focus change from how great they thought they were to how amazing HE truly is. We are nothing without HIM. If we do not turn back to HIS leading and HIS tutelage, we do not have hope. With HIM, our hope is endless and our lives are eternal.
Lord, Shake us on today. Open our eyes to our need of YOU as a continuous source and force. Don’t let us find a place of comfort and zone out on what is truly important. We need YOU every moment of every day. Help us to hear YOUR voice clearly, to recognize what YOU desire from us. And most of all, help us to see YOU and not ourselves. I am so tired of others being held up as examples, when YOU are the only example we need. I do not care what so and so did with their money, how wisely they invested it or how wealthy they have become. I want to hear from YOU! I want to sit with YOU and eat every Word YOU have prepared for my dining pleasure. Teach me YOUR ways. Sit with me, Lord. Let me learn of YOU! I give all that I have to YOU in exchange for learning at YOUR feet. Search my heart and remove any desires, addictions, pride, and any untoward thing YOU see. Help me put on YOU. Let others see YOU when they look at me. I am not my own, for I belong to you. Shake me. Awaken me. I want to be on fire for YOU! There is no time to rest, as surely YOU are coming soon! I want to be ready. I want to be the bride YOU have longed for. Draw me close as I press into YOUR presence. In Jesus name.