Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Here 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 that person, and they with me.
(Revelation 3:20 (NIV))
There is so much to say about this passage. Where do I begin?
I think the point about this passage that struck me this time as I read it was the fact that it is recorded in the book of Revelation. You may think, “What is so special about this fact?” If you stop to think about it, you may come to the same realization that I have. Revelation is the book that depicts the events during the seven year period before Jesus steps foot on the Mount of Olives and splits it in two. It is the book that tells of all of the things that will happen in the world for those who have rejected Jesus. In particular, this passage is taken from the section where Jesus addresses the church in Laodicea right after He calls them out for being lukewarm. In fact, the verse right before this passage really stands out to me, for Jesus makes a very interesting statement.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
(Revelation 3:19 (NIV))
Did you pick up on the fact that even though Jesus called the church in Laodicea lukewarm, He turned right around and basically said that He still loves them! He told them to repent.
I want you to think about that very fast turn of events. Jesus spoke words of rebuke, chastising them for what they have allowed themselves to become. As always, Jesus didn’t speak these words to condemn, but to rebuke, to challenge them to change. He closed this challenge with something that most people overlook when they think of the lukewarm church.
He told them that He loved them!
He called them to repentance!
He told them that it was not too late!
He basically told them that He was there and all that they had to do was answer His calling, His knocking upon their hearts!
Jesus is knocking! Will you answer?
Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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