“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Today many of us have a video doorbell system on our homes that alerts us whenever someone approaches our door. With the abundance of online deliveries these days, it’s becoming more and more common for a delivery person to approach, leave a package on our doorstep, and discreetly leave without ever having to engage with the home owner.
Unfortunately, there are many of us in the Christian church that want to subscribe to this model of “knock, leave it at my door, and I’ll come and get it at my own convenience”-type of faith, but it doesn’t work that way.
The book of Revelation contains seven letters to seven churches in ancient Asia Minor. Revelation 3:20 is written to the final church addressed, found in the wealthy city of Laodicea.
Laodicea unfortunately seems to reflect the current state of many Western/American churches (I can’t speak for any other parts of the world) that are rich in material wealth, but poor spiritually. They had claimed to be wealthy, blessed, and self-sufficient, but failed to understand that in reality they were spiritually miserable, aimless, and barren (v17). The well-known statement of condemnation from Jesus that says, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth,” (Rev. 3:16) was a direct indictment of the Laodicean church’s apathetic spiritual state.
While this church as a whole lacked true intimacy with the Lord, His heart reflected a longing and desire to walk in fellowship with them. There is much significance in this verse’s imagery, that Christ comes to meet us where we are and knocks on the door of our heart; but notice that He doesn’t barge in and impose Himself. It’s up to us whether we choose to open the door and let Him in.
If your spiritual well feels dry, your spiritual walk feels aimless, your spiritual life feels lifeLESS, and your relationship with Christ feels distant, then heed both the warning and offer from Jesus. Take heart, because just as He offered His active presence and fellowship to the church in Laodicea, He does so with us who are spiritually lukewarm!
Don’t treat God like a delivery person simply leaving a package at the door. He wants to give you His gift of grace and a vibrant relationship with Him that will change your life and direction forever.
When He knocks, will you let Him in?