Sunday, November 15, 2009

He is Knocking

Those who 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 and eat with him and he with me.
Book of Revelation 3:19-20 (emphesis added)

These words in the Book of Revelation belong to those of Jesus, giving an offering to the church body in the city of Laodicea. At the time, the people who composed of the church became drifters – people who started out strong as Christ followers, but then became disillusioned with the distractions of the world. (Specifically, they became infatuated with its riches through banking establishments, medical schools, and textile production.) How often does this happen in our lives? When we first dedicate our lives to Christ, we are so willing to do anything for the sake of the advancement of the gospel. Slowly, we start sinking back into the sins that tied and bounded us to begin with as if it were all we ever knew. And I’ll tell you the truth: these days of waning loyalty and betrayal seem to happen ceaselessly like the ocean’s tides.

But consider again the analogy Jesus speaks to us. The act of opening that knocking door requires two attributes from us: honesty and repentance. Honesty requires to us recognize why we decided to kick Jesus back out on the streets to begin with. Repentance blesses us with the opportunity to make matters right. And when these two goals have been achieved, we will find ourselves dining once again with the Kings of Kings and the Redeemer of our Souls.

Be honest, is Jesus knocking on your door right now? Are you going to let him back in?

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