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
Today’s verse comes a book that very few people read for the simple reason that it can be difficult to understand at times. The book of Revelation begins with Jesus dictating 7 letters to John to the 7 churches in what you will sometimes here called Asia Minor, what is now modern day Turkey. In these short letters that Jesus dictates to John in a prophetic vision, he tells these 7 churches what they had been doing right and what they are now doing wrong (for further information read Revelation 2-3) and what they need to do go back to the right way of doing things. The last of these 7 letters is written to the Church in Laodicea. This church apparently never started off on the right path because these are the words that Jesus spoke to them through John: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish your were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You 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. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.”(Revelation 3:15-19). Jesus is telling the Church at Laodicea that they have never really given themselves completely to Jesus. They have played the game and tried to blend in with everybody else in society.
However, Jesus does not leave them with these words of no hope. He tells them that he standing at the door to their hearts knocking and waiting to be let in. You see that is how Jesus operates. He does not force you to do something that you do not want to do. Jesus gives you the choice and he allows you to exercise your free will. The Church at Laodicea made the choice to be lukewarm towards Jesus and because of that choice they were facing potentially serious consequences, but there is always a way back to God. That is the message of today’s verse. Jesus is standing at the door of your heart knocking and waiting to be let in. He wants to come in and change your heart and your life. All your have to do is let him.