Opening prayer: Lord Jesus, give me direction in my life through your Word. Amen.
Open the door
20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
Today’s text covers the letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. It is an open criticism of this church for being “lukewarm.”
15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
Ever feel like that? Ever visit a church and feel the energy? Lukewarm is neither hot nor cold, but the text clearly encourages getting on fire for the gospel.
16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
But Jesus stands at the door and knocks. He asks us to open the door and kindle our faith with the fire.
Our devotion writer reminds us that we often feel urgency because Jesus may stop knocking and go away, but this is not the case. He is there knocking even when we stray away or become lukewarm. We are invited still to open the door. “He will never forsake us.”
Our writer writes; “Bud Jesus never leaves us or forsakes us, including the times when our doors remain closed. When fear, doubt, grief, and pain seem to shut Jesus out of our hearts and lives, Jesus never leaves…Are you weary of Jesus’ constant knocking? Try opening your life, even just a crack, and let Jesus in to be with you.”
Catch the fire!
Prayer; “Lord Jesus, use a battering ram, in you must, to open my stubborn heart to your gifts of grace and peace. Amen.”
Revelation 3:14-22 (New International Version)
To the Church in Laodicea
14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."