This letter gives us another secret to growth and change to those of us who are feeling a little bit complacent. Maybe we feel a little more bored than blessed when we connect with church … Perhaps we feel a lot more attached to this world than we’d like - (who doesn’t struggle with that?) and looking us straight in the eye Jesus says - “I want you to see your need as you never have before. Then I’d be able to meet your need as I never have before.”
John writes this way to the church in Laodicea - “To the angel of the church of Laodicea write, ‘These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds that you’re neither cold nor hot … I wish that you were one or the other … But you don’t realise you’re wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you get from me gold refined in the fire so you can become rich and white clothes to wear so you can cover your shameful nakedness salve to put on your eyes so you can see.” (Revelation 3:14 ff)
Not easy words from Jesus but they end with his remarkable promise - “Look! I am standing at the door and I’m constantly knocking. If anyone opens the door I will come in and I’ll fellowship with him; I’ll relate to him, I’ll dine with him and he’ll fellowship with me.” (Revelation 3:20 – Message)
We often feel like our destiny, our ‘eternal’ destiny … that’s a long way off. In fact most of us hope it’s a long way off and we don’t want it to be - tomorrow. And, everything that has to be done ‘today’, gets a lot more attention in our lives. We figure ‘eternity’, will take care of itself.
But, the way we think about our destiny - it dramatically affects what happens in our lives today. More than we realise, the decisions that we make and the directions that we take, every day of our lives, are based on where we think we might be headed.
So, if we think our destiny is ‘death and emptiness’ and there’s nothing for us, beyond the here and now - that’s going to affect the way we make decisions, every day of our lives. And, if instead, our destiny is joy, our destiny is God’s love, our destiny is God’s goodness - that dramatically affects every day of our lives.
Jesus assured us that God created us to live eternally, that heaven is real, that God wants us to share in heaven and that heaven will be a renewing and rewarding place.