COLUMN: Message to church at Laodicea is for everyone: Open your heart to Jesus

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By C.L. Glasscock

This is the fourth article on the churches in Revelation.
Revelation 3:14-22 says, “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: These things saith he amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. I would thou wert cold or hot so then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will sup with him and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with him in my throne, even as I also overcome and set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches.”
As we look at Jesus writing to this church of the Laodiceans, we see that he knows their works and that they are not really for him. They were trying to live a life which they worked out for themselves. The way I see it is that they wanted to live for Jesus and the devil, too. Really they wanted to live a life of luxury and also wanted to go to heaven by not following Jesus. This is like a lot of people in church today that want to do just enough for Jesus so that they will get into heaven.
I heard one preacher put it like this: many people are trying to get into heaven by the skin of their teeth. He also said “What if you miss it by the skin of your teeth?” Jesus said these kind of people make me sick and I will spue you out of my mouth.
Verse 20 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible: Behold, I stand at the door and knock ... What Jesus wants us to do is when he knocks at the door of our heart — he wants us to open the door to our heart and invite him in. I grew up in a little town down in Breckinridge County and sometimes went to this little church and in the front of the church they had this big picture of Jesus knocking at this big door.
The amazing thing about the door was that it had no door knob on the outside where Jesus was. What does this tell us? Even though Jesus died for us so that we could have eternal life, he gave us a choice. We can either open the door of our heart and let Jesus in or leave it shut and reject him.