Sunday, March 4
Week Three - Revelation 3:14-22
I know it’s healthy and good for you and I’ve tried it again and again, but I just can’t handle the taste of seaweed. Of course, while in Japan, my Japanese friends found this out and every meal had very generous helpings of seaweed added to it! But every time I got a piece of seaweed, I would secretly spit it out of my mouth.. In our scripture reading for this week, there is something that Jesus says he can’t keep in his mouth: “…because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Rev 3:16 Often the focus of this passage is to be zealous and “on fire” for God. Zeal is a healthy thing that all of us need, but that message can lead to an exhausting kind of zeal. It turns out that the reason the people were luke-warm was because they thought they had their act together and didn’t recognize their deep need for God. Though Jesus’ words are strong, they are deeply loving and gracious. Notice these phrases…”Come buy from me;” “as many as I love;” “I will have a meal with that person.” A loving God desiring a deep relationship with us—how beautiful is that. Our response is to: “Be zealous and repent” and “hear his voice and open the door.” It’s an invitation to being open and to changing for the better. And that brings a healthy zeal.
Thank you Jesus that you correct those you love and thank you that you stand at the door and knock. I open my life to you and I repent for the ways I think I have it all together when in reality I need you in every aspect of my life.
Look up William Holden Hunt’s famous painting titled “Light of the World.” It’s Jesus knocking at the door—notice there is no door handle on the outside, only we can open it from the inside. What ways can you open the door to the Lord in your life this week?