Not Just At The Door…But At Your Door!
When our Lord addresses the last of the seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation (3:14ff), He sadly, but lovingly points out how the Christians at Laodicea had allowed their devotion to Him to moderate to room temperature…to lukewarmness. He encourages them not to settle for that anymore. He points them to the way back to love and then invites them to take it. But, did you notice where Jesus is located with respect to His church at Laodicea? What is He doing in verse twenty? He is knocking on the door. When you knock on a door, is it from the inside or the outside? Yes…astonishingly…Jesus is on the wrong side of the door of His own church! He stands outside knocking…waiting…longing for the door to be opened to Him.
Listen now…if a church isn’t open to Jesus Christ, what chance do sinners have there? How many people are going to be led to the grace of God in such a group? What are they doing even taking up space in the world? They are totally cut off from any real purpose. But the loving, patient, Lord stands knocking…inviting them to let Him in again.
Notice…how does a church open itself up to Jesus? It’s one soul at a time isn’t it? For Jesus said, “If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door…” The only way back for the church is for individual Christians to listen to Him again…to open up to Him again…as they had at the beginning. Whatever crowded Christ out of the life of that church, crowded Him out of the lives of individual members. They had become so self-sufficient…so arrogant… they didn’t think they needed Jesus Christ any more. They couldn’t have been more wrong!
But…and this is the most amazing fact of all to me…still Jesus stood knocking at the door…Why? To get in! Yes…but why? Well…so He could eat with them! Yes…BUT…WHY? Were there not many others who had opened their hearts to Christ and who wanted Him in their lives and gave Him the daily welcome? Yes! So why does He knock on the door of the church that turned Him out. Why does He knock on the door of the individual…the human heart…that no longer had a place for Him? BECAUSE…WONDER OF WONDERS…HE MISSES WHAT THEY HAD ONCE SHARED! Does Jesus get something out of our time spent with Him? Does it really mean anything to Him? Does He find something enjoyable about our fellowship…something for which He longs…something that He misses when we withdraw it? Yes. Unbelievably…YES! He knocks on our hearts…He invites us to supper…He wants us with Him… us…unworthy sinners that we are!
Dear Friend…the Lord of all…the Lord of heaven and earth…the risen Messiah Who reigns in glory at the right Hand of the Majesty on High…that One above all others…stands knocking not just on any old door, but on your door. Let all your protests of unworthiness be silenced and just listen. Be still and listen. Do you hear Him knocking? It’s not just anyone that He wants. It’s not just everyone that He wants. It’s you. It’s for you He knocks. It’s for you to open that He stands on the outside waiting. The banquet with Him that awaits you is more than worth whatever it takes for you to throw wide open the door to Him. Please…don’t keep Him waiting. Christian, don’t leave Him out of your life. What does it mean to you that He has prepared a dinner for two…for Him and for you? Don’t miss it!