Prayer: O Father God, your love is great and your mercy is great, let your Word be shared with all the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (v. 20)
Jesus’ message to Laodicea is not one that we want to hear. Are we lukewarm? Are we neither hot or cold for the gospel? Do we lock the doors of the church all week and open them only on the weekends? Or better yet, do we lock up our faith in the church and visit it once a week?
Jesus is knocking at the door. Can we hear His knock? Jesus has little appreciation for congregations who sit quietly going through the motions, but never really inviting Jesus in to eat with them.
Our devotion writer explains; “In today’s passage, even as he warns the Laodicieans about the consequences of their actions, Jesus pleads with them to listen for his gentle knock and inviting voice. The sound of their own voices singing selfishly of material wealth has deafened them; by all accounts, they have become estranged from their loving God, unaware of their spiritual poverty. The barriers they’ve erected and the doors they’ve locked tight seem impenetrable.”
Does this sound like your church? Hope not, but Jesus still stands and knocks, we hear Him in worship and in Holy Communion. He calls to us to hear His voice through worship and through prayer and fasting.
Prayer: Most merciful Father, thank you for you Son and for his constant knocking at our hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Message to Laodicea
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation:
15 “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. 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. 21 To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”