I am a pastor in the Reformed tradition. That means I have a high view of God’s rule and reign over the world, his ability to deliver people from disobedience and hell, and his divine prerogative in judging the living and the dead. In short, it’s all about God’s ability because apart from him I can do nothing. Yet, having said that, this does not mean we lack responsibility before God, as if whatever is going to happen is going to happen and I’m just a passive player.
Today’s New Testament lesson is Christ’s words to the ancient church in the city of Laodicea. It seems the church folks in that city were less than zealous about their faith. Maybe they thought God was going to do whatever God was going to do and felt no compunction to act. Their attitude seemed like a “Meh, whatever” kind of response to the Christian life. It was as though they wondered if what they did or didn’t do was really noticed, or really accomplished anything substantial.
The Laodicean believers got noticed enough to warrant a letter to them from Jesus; I’d say someone was watching! Please notice this interesting response of Jesus to them: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus does not break down any doors to accomplish his will; Christ does not impose himself. Instead, our Lord is persistently knocking, waiting for us to respond and answer. If there is anyone not noticing, it would be us, not Jesus. He desires fellowship and interaction with us. Jesus longs for us to respond to his overtures to meet with us. Will you let him in today?
Lord Jesus, forgive me for those times in which I thought you weren’t paying attention. I hear you knocking, and I am answering the door. Let us meet together and enjoy one another’s company. Amen.