If the distractions of this world or the worries of the present time have diverted us a little from God, and if our love for Him is no longer as passionate, the solution is simple. All we have to do is invite Jesus to dinner!
Anyone who has raised teenagers will say that they use their bedroom door to assert their growing independence. They want to be left alone to experience life. Even if before that the relationship with the parents was healthy and loving, it became lukewarm. Parents often find themselves left standing at their door knocking to see if they can enter. Jesus does the same with us. He knocks on the door, asking us if we will open the door to our hearts.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV).
This verse is written to the Laodicean church, otherwise known as the lukewarm church. They got this label because the water in the hot springs that flowed from Hierapolis to Laodicea was lukewarm. People would spit it out after drinking it. Jesus compares the church to the water of the city. They were neither hot nor cold in their faith and had excluded Jesus from their lives. So Jesus was standing at the door knocking to see if they would open. He wanted to come and dine with them. It meant that He wanted a close relationship.
It is easy for our faith to get lukewarm. Life is busy, and the things we perceive as necessary cause Jesus to get pushed out. Soon our faith isn’t as hot as it once was. We come to accept it and go on living. Jesus will never be satisfied with our lukewarm faith. He will always knock on our door, wanting to be in the middle of our life. He is persistent and will not go away. He wants us to turn to him.
Let’s open the door of our hearts. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Jesus wants to enjoy every aspect of our life with us. Eating with someone in ancient cultures meant more than friendship. It meant we are family. Jesus wants to be intimately involved in our daily life. Let’s let Him in and watch our faith catch fire.