Do you want to have a good relationship with Jesus? He isn’t the one that shut the door between you and Him, you are. He is waiting patiently for you to realize that the only barrier between you and Him is you.
The passage we look at today, Revelation 3:20-22, was written to a self assured, self centered congregation. Affluence and worldly comforts had lulled them into a spiritual slumber. They had become so full of themselves and the things of this world that they no longer believed they needed the Lord Jesus or His help. And when we no longer see our need for Jesus we no longer pursue our relationship with Jesus. Persecution can cause us to doubt God’s goodness, rampant sinfulness and immorality can cause us to deny the beauty of our Lord but the comforts of this world can lead to us forgetting about Him all together. This is what seems to have happened in Laodicea.
The people of that church were not bad people. The laodiceans were simply forgetful people. They had gone to sleep spiritually and decided they had everything they need. This is what happens so often in America. We have gotten to the point where materially speaking, there is little that anyone lacks. And where there is little need materially there tends to be little awareness of spiritual need. This is why Jesus said what he said about the difficulties of the rich entering heaven in Matthew 19:16-30.
Jesus gives us a firm warning that when we give in and allow the things of this world to become our security and treasure we will be disciplined. He says that those who walk the path of apathy and refusal to do anything helpful in the kingdom will be spit out. He doesn’t say what this will look like specifically but it doesn’t sound pleasant to me. He tells us simply, “So be zealous and repent” Rev 3:19. By His grace though, He doesn’t stop with his warning as our passage gives us the greatest hope possible.
The picture that comes to my mind here is that the people on the inside of the home have thrown out the One who built the home and locked the door. And rather than burning the whole place down, the builder and owner simply turns around and knocks and waits patiently for those inside to come to their senses and let Him back in.
Jesus has given you everything good in your life. All good things come from the Lord above. He has provided you with everything you need. Open the door of your heart today and let Him back in, stop shutting Him out!
Let us pray for the grace and wisdom to see the places in our lives and hearts where we are blocking the Lord out and let Him back in to fill us with His loving grace.