“As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent. See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
A Go-Getter God
Do you consider yourself to be a go-getter? Are you planner and facilitator, one who gets straight to action when you see it a need? Some of us can describe ourselves in such a way. On the other hand, there are others of us who can acknowledge a more cautious approach to getting things done.
No matter where you may find yourself on that spectrum of executing action steps, your go-getting nature—or lack thereof—absolutely pales in comparison to the steps taken on our behalf by the one and only Son of God. We were made to passionately pursue Him as a result of His own passionate pursuit of us.
Self-Sufficiency Vs. The Source
The letter to the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3 is all about the paradox of need. In His message to this particular body of believers, it’s all about the people’s need…yet details not how they are to work harder to be self-sufficient. (Which completely goes against our human logic!)
Instead, it’s all about our needs and Christ’s ability to fulfill them all. He speaks to the believers’ lukewarm temperament towards Himself and about their belief that they have everything they need apart from Him. But He seeks to remind them, however, that He is the source of everything…and that His discipline and rebuke stem straight from His love.
Oh, What a Savior
He tells them to be zealous—as they were made to passionately pursue Him and His ways—and to repent. He calls them back in but doesn’t send them off on a long, drawn-out journey to find Him.
Instead, He tells them that He’s already at their door, standing and knocking and already prepared to abide with them. What an initiator. What a go-getter. And what a Savior.
Are you living like Jesus is standing at your door? Or are you living as though He is so far out of reach? Reflect on what it means to truly abide with the initiating Savior. He pursues us so that we may live passionately with and for Him. How can you live in this truth today?