Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Contrary to first impressions, the Lord’s message to the Laodiceans is one of the tenderest in Scripture. Read in context, you’ll notice that after the strong rebuke (v17) follows strong counsel (v18), then a declaration of love (v19) and now a plea for admission (v20). It follows therefore that much of the preceding process constitutes our Lord’s knocking at the door. Notice that Jesus’ intent in requesting admission is not for judgment but for mutual fellowship. Beloved, our Redeemer’s complaint is not so much about great exploits we should do for Him. There’s no dispute about our church attendance, Bible knowledge or religious orthodoxy. It’s just the quality time He longs for. Jesus’ desire is to have genuine, personal communion with us. We must not only heed His Word, we must also hear His Voice. The only way we can hear our Shepherd’s voice is when we are close enough. Oh for a closer walk with Jesus! “Daily walking close to Thee/ Let it be dear Lord, let it be!”