by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20, NIV)
Do you like oatmeal? I love it! There is something so comforting about a nice hot bowl of oatmeal with a pat of real butter, sprinkled with some brown sugar. Add in a little fruit, and dadgum, that’s good! But what happens when oatmeal isn’t eaten pretty quickly after preparing it? It congeals, gets firm, and is all-out gross! Yuck! Would you consider eating oatmeal that’s been allowed to sit out and get stagnant? I doubt it. You certainly wouldn’t serve it to a guest, let alone a dignitary or royalty.
Today’s verse is one of my all-time favorites. I love the idea of Jesus knocking at the door to a person’s heart. He doesn’t impose Himself, but waits on an invitation to come and dine. I can guarantee the meal Jesus serves isn’t room temperature congealed oatmeal, but a feast fit for heaven!
As powerful as today’s verse is, it comes in the context of a passage that isn’t as comforting. In the letter to the church at Laodieca, we catch Jesus say these words, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16, NIV). Jesus can’t stand a lukewarm heart any more than I imagine He would be enamored with room temperature congealed oatmeal. He would rather see passion — hot or cold — than sluggish apathy. It’s sluggish apathy that He spits out of His mouth…or even vomits, as it’s mentioned in The Message Version.
Does that describe your spiritual life right now? Are you lukewarm, apathetic, congealed? Does it sound scary to know Jesus spits that out? There is good news, though, which comes back to today’s verse…Jesus wants you to invite Him into your heart. He knocks on the door of even the most apathetic heart, wanting to come in. As He enters, He prepares a meal that far surpasses even the greatest bowl of oatmeal you could prepare, for His feast is marked by holiness and righteousness.
How is your heart today? Are you hot? Are you cold? Are you lukewarm? Jesus wants to enter in, feast, and mold you into someone after God’s own heart!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I hear you knocking on the door of my heart. Forgive me for my lukewarm apathy, for I want to be on fire for you. I invite you in, and seek your loving presence in my life. Amen.