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)
Have you ever been on the road and looking for a place to stay and the only motel in town has a “NO Vacancy” sign lit up out the front? Maybe, it’s not so hard for us to imagine Mary and Joseph fronting up to the innkeeper, only to be told there’s no rooms left in the inn.
We can be a little harsh on the innkeeper in the Christmas story. We’d like to think if it were us we’d have something better where the “Saviour of the world” would be born. But, truth is, even today we do it, our culture does it. We don’t make room for Jesus.
Of course, we have our reasons: we don’t pay attention, or we crowd our lives with other things, or we don’t think we need to make room. But we do! We need to know our creator and saviour and we need the life of purpose and peace he gifts to us.
My prayer for you is that you will open up to God this Christmas and keep nothing back; that you will make room for Jesus.