See! 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
This verse is often cited as an invitation for “unsaved” individuals who have yet to receive spiritual salvation and a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. However, while that is a valid invitation, we must also keep in mind that Christ originally gave this message to a church whose people had neglected their relationship with Christ and were out of touch with him. In its self-sufficient prosperity, the church in Laodicea, to whom these words were originally directed, had excluded Christ from its congregations. Christ’s invitation, spoken from outside the door, is a request for renewed companionship with any individual who will turn from their own way and return to a devoted faith and renewed passion for Christ. Christ’s invitation is to sit down at the table with them and share spiritual nourishment. the Bible also speaks of a great “wedding supper” for Christ and his bride-the church. But only those who “eat” with Jesus now will eat with him then.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5 and Proverbs 10:18