Jesus told us that he stands at the door and knocks, waiting for us to open up the whole of our lives to him. His invitation is for believers, for Christians, for those of us who claim to follow him. We can so easily and lackadaisically lose our passion and become lukewarm. Jesus passionately called to his churches in Asia Minor and urged them, and also now is urging us, to hear what the Spirit says. To those who have become lukewarm, Jesus says “be earnest and repent” (Revelation 3:19) — he wants the entirety of our hearts and minds and souls dedicated unto him so we will follow his teaching and example with passion!
Revelation 3:14-22 New American Standard Bible
Message to Laodicea
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the [a]Origin of the creation of God, says this:
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have no need of anything,” and you do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to apply to your eyes so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline; therefore, be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 The one who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne. 22 The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Many use this passage from Revelation 3 as an evangelism passage for the unsaved but in reality, like all the seven letters in the book of Revelation, this is a warning to the Church of Christ – saved believers who are part of His body and bride. This is a verse is written to the one that has already been justified – made righteous through believing on that the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross as their own sin substitute –for His death paid the price for all sin.
The promise of God is that everyone that is justified will unquestionably be glorified when our King Jesus comes in the clouds to receive His body and bride unto Himself – and take all believers home to His Father’s mansions in heaven.
Justification is a past action – which happened at the point that we were saved. And glorification is future – at the point when we are taken to heaven. Both are promised to the person who overcomes, believes on the Lord Jesus Christ – But what of our sanctification – which is the process of our living in this world now.
Sanctification means that the holy Spirit carries out a life-long work in the one that is justified, in order to conform us into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus – but believers do actually have a choice in the sanctification process – which is only one aspect of salvation. We can yield to the Holy Spirit doing a work in our new, born-again life, that we received at rebirth – OR our other choice is that we can subtly, not-so-subtly, resist the work that the Holy Spirit desires to do in our new life and continue to live a carnal type of life under the power of the old sin nature – the “bad old life” that still fights for supremacy…
How quickly do we allow ourselves to forget our King and our Savior Jesus loves us so much that He literally gave up everything in Heaven, came to earth, lived, ministered among us, healed us, taught us, showed us the Father, then died for our sin and gave us a new life that He longs we will be conformed into His image and likeness – but how many believers, like Laodicean believers, are lukewarm in the life they live for the Lord, are growing disinterested in the things of God?
They choose to live a carnal life that excludes the Spirits work in their life but in His great love for all His children the Lord continues to plead with every one of His born-again children, to yield to the call of his voice and live godly in Christ Jesus – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
We have this sure and certain promise from God, one day all believers will be taken to be with the Lord Jesus whether or not they submitted to the Spirit in their lives – should we not harken unto the call of our Lord and King, Who died so that we might live in newness of eternal life – submitted to His Holy Spirit?
“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” ― John Wesley
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.”
― John Wesley
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
― John Wesley
Where are you and I with standing up with and for our King Christ right now?
I have no doubt that he is approaching someone’s door right this exact moment.
I have no doubt that he stands at someone’s door right now waiting to get in.
I have no doubt that he is getting ready to knock on someone’s door right in this exact moment wondering if his knock will be ignored, will the door be opened!
What alleged “reality” television show are we so very intently watching inside?
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us now pray,
Father in heaven, thank you for speaking to us through the ministry and words of Jesus. Thank you for speaking to us through the message of the Scriptures inspired by your Holy Spirit. I open my heart unto your message and ask that I be convicted and motivated by your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Alleluia! Amen.