Please Open the Door!
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. ~Revelation 3:20
Have you ever accidentally locked yourself out of your house and knocked on the door until someone inside came to open the door for you? If you have, you might have found yourself knocking frantically and calling out loudly. We see Jesus standing outside the door of a church, knocking and asking to come in. He is knocking and calling. Will someone please open the door?
We see the revolting.
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." The church at Laodicea had settled into a place of complacency and indifference. It had money, assets, no debt, and no need of anything, including the Lord. Our Lord describes its spiritual condition as lukewarm and neither cold nor hot. He said that its tepid temperature made Him sick to the stomach. Lukewarmness is a spiritual sickness that is revolting to our Lord. It is a church that is unbothered and unmoved. It has no sense of urgency, and it is more interested in its earthly abundance than in its eternal advances. Jesus is sick and disgusted.
We see the reality.
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked….” Jesus said that, in reality, this church was in a wretched and miserable condition. Lukewarm spirituality has no vision, no faith, no compassion, no sacrifice, and no compulsion. It is selfish, powerless, and lacking the blessing of God. It is poor and not rich. It is naked and not clothed. It is a church on cruise control, going nowhere. Lukewarm Christians are delusional. They live in self-deception. They are in bad spiritual condition and need help immediately.
We see the recommendation.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” This is a church that needs to be purified through fiery trials, confess sin, and experience a Holy Spirit-sent revival. It needs to cover its nakedness and open its eyes to see. It needs to repent and feel ashamed that it has allowed itself to decline to such a state. It needs to get back to sacrifice in service, prayer, fasting, and special offerings. It needs to be zealo