Knocking on the Door: A Plea to the Laodicean Church
Watchman Reflections

Knocking on the Door: A Plea for the Laodicean Church

Do you hear Him? He’s knocking on the door…

The sign says He is welcome, and yet the door is locked shut. In flinging wide the entrance for any and all to come—to fill the seats, pass the bucket, and witness the man-made wonders on display—holiness took a back seat.

Truth was forsaken and Righteousness got asked to leave, for the sake of cohesiveness, conformity, and acceptance.

Now, only those willing to fade to grey may enter. And yet, He is still knocking.

The cry is loud and clear. Do you hear it? Unplug the microphones. Sit yourselves down.

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 
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.  
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ 
But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; 
and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness;  
and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.  
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 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 3:14-20 NIV

How is it you do not realize your dire state?
How is it you cannot see that you are poor, pitiful, blind, and naked?

There is a false hope prevalent in this Laodicean congregation.
It is a blindness that has perverted the realities of the heart.

Jesus knocking. He’s yearning, with love, for you to open the door. To buy from Him,

  • Gold, refined in the fire
  • White Garments, to cover your nakedness
  • Salve, so your eyes may see

Buy them—with the sacrifice of repentance and the choice to walk away from the self-sufficiency you’ve clung to.

When the rich man cried out to Jesus in Mark 10:17-31, he asked what must I do to inherit eternal life, and he replied to Jesus’s reminder of the commandments with, all these I have done!

One thing he lacked: to sell everything he had, with the understanding that there will be treasure in heaven. And this man could not.

Good people aren’t good enough, they are actually wretched apart from the saving grace of God through Jesus. They are naked and don’t realize it, thinking their prosperous life is evidence of God’s blessing towards them.

Their riches are worthless, incompatible with Kingdom currency. Unknowingly, this church is in poverty beyond repair until free from wealth’s choke-hold over them.

What is The Gold to be Bought?

  • Real wealth, a genuine faith that has been refined in the fires of patient endurance through suffering.
  • Treasures stored in heaven, gathered by forsaking the flesh and taking up the cross to follow Jesus.

What are the White Garments to Purchase and Wear?

  • The righteousness of Christ, the one and only righteousness that meets God’s holy requirements, found when Jesus is received as Lord of a life.

We cannot live as lords of our own lives and expect to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus.

What is the Salve to Acquire and Apply?

  • The Holy Spirit, an eye-opener that exposes darkness with the light of truth.
  • A fixed perspective, that declares all else is loss, it’s garbage, compared to the worth of knowing and following after Jesus.

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23

“I never knew you! Away from me, you evildoers.”

Be earnest! Repent!

What does it mean to be earnest?
Be resolute, or determined. Be serious.
It’s an intentional, steady, and sober pursuit.

What does it mean to repent?
To stop, recognize the err, and turn toward the truth.
Repentance is a denial of self, a shattering of all other idols, and a forsaking of the ways of the world.

Paul urges us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling…why?

Because we are prone to lukewarm living.
We are quick to chase after comfort and relinquish earnestness for complacency.
And this is detestable in God’s sight.

It’s detestable!

And yet, He is still knocking.

Do you hear Him? Will you repent?
Your gold awaits, your white garments too…

And He who has promised is Faithful!

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