“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see.” Revelation 3.18
It can be hard to be honest about our spiritual lives. It is never easy for us to admit that our lives with God are not as good as we think they should be – but honesty is a sign of humility. Today’s verse contains some words of Jesus spoken to the church in Laodicea. He was speaking to people who thought they were doing fine, but in reality they were not. The good news that he shared was that despite their failings there was more; a closer relationship with Jesus, a richer experience of God and a new sense of purity and vision.
So how do we access all this? Jesus indicated the means by sharing a picture of him standing at the door knocking, eager to come in when the door was opened. The starting point is the image of Jesus wanting to come in: he wants more! He is longing for us to let him come in and share a deeper intimacy and friendship with us. Unless we believe that he wants more, perhaps we will not hear him knocking - and even if we do we may not recognise that it is him at the door.
It is a humbling thought that Jesus is seeking a deeper relationship with us simply because he loves us. How does this make you feel and what are you going to do about it?
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