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)
If we’re to own a vision for how we live out our days and if we’re to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives then our choices are important.
The word "door" is used in the Bible probably 400 or so times. In the Bible a door can represent the entrance door of salvation, or the passage door of discipleship, or the service door of ministry, or the outside door to our mission in life. It could be the access door of prayer, or the holy door of worship, or the door to fellowship in life.
The author of Revelation sees God as sometimes opening doors in our lives and sometimes closing doors in our lives –“The doors that I unlock and open, no one else can close. And any doors, that I shut and lock, no one will ever, be able to open ... So look! I am placing before you, an open door, that no one can shut!” (Revelation 3:7-8).
Our future will be shaped by which doors we choose to walk past and which doors we walk through.