Passage: Revelation 3:14-22
Verse: Revelation 3:19-20 [pt] (NIV 2011)
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in….
This portion of Revelation speaks of the seven churches. In particular, this passage, writes about the church of Laodicea. Just like we might want to spit out lukewarm water on a hot summer day, the Lord God might want to spit out the church of Laodicea because it is neither hot nor cold. We, as His church, need to stand clearly for His holiness and His righteousness, rather than allow the world to water down or temper the message and teachings of Jesus, the Christ. We must accept that He will rebuke and discipline us, if necessary, when we look more to the world for our sustenance than we look to Him. May we remember, 1) that whoever seeks the Lord will find Him, 2) that the Lord will open the door for whoever knocks and seeks to enter in, and 3) that the Lord will enter in and have fellowship with whoever invites Him in to do so. May we seek, knock, and enter in to eternal life with the Lord. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)