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 him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20 NIV
This statement by Jesus follows up what he has to say about the lukewarmness of the church at Laodicea. They had become lukewarm in their faith and relationship with the Lord. He had told them because of their being lukewarm He was about to spit them out of His mouth. In other words they had become distasteful to Him and were about to lose there place.
We all understand what lukewarm is, this is why Jesus used the term. Think back to a time when you experienced something lukewarm. Maybe you had been looking forward to a hot cup of coffee and when you took that first sip and it was luke warm. Kind of ruined the coffee experience didn't it? Or on a hot day, you went to a water fountain for a cold drink of water and as you took that first sip you discovered the water was room temperature. Not very refreshing, was it? Lukewarmness is not a pleasant experience, it doesn't satisfy. What Jesus was saying is that He was no longer satisfied with His relationship with the church at Laodicea. They needed to change or He would “spit them out”.
We too can become lukewarm in our relationship with the Lord. When we find ourselves there, we find it unsatisfying. But it is not the Lord's fault that we feel unsatisfied. It is ours. We have come to a point of contentment that is not healthy for that relationship. When we start feeling lukewarm, we need to take a spiritual inventory. We need to look back to where we came from, before Christ and realize we are oh so subtly heading back there. If we head back there, then Jesus will no longer be satisfied with us and we will be spit out.
Lukewarmness will not be tolerated by our Lord. But we know this, Jesus said “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 him, and he with me.” Jesus is always seeking to have the best possible relationship with us.
If today, you find yourself drifting away in a sea of lukewarmness, know that Jesus is knocking. Open the door to Him. Let Him come in and fellowship with you again, as He once did.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman