In light of the way things appear to be going in society, I have decided to take a deeper look into the book of Revelations. As I came across this passage I was stunned into a thought I had not had before. It's interesting to hear it preached many times; but to be allowed a new perspective as well.
New International Version (NIV)
"19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 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."
This passage is often times quoted as an appeal to unbelievers. But these words are addressed to the church, a church where Christ once dwelt, but is now standing on the outside knocking for admittance. What a startling revelation; that there may be churches where Christ is not in their midst, and they may not even be aware of it. This is the description of a Christless Church!
How did Christ end up on the outside knocking to get in? It's apparent that He was once within the Church, or it would not be a Church. How did He come to leave? I would like to believe that He was not thrust out, because they did not seem to miss His presence. They continued to worship, sing praises, and engage in Christian service, but He had withdrawn. WHY? The reason is summed up in one word, Worldliness.
So if this happens, how does the church change direction? How do we usher Christ back in? "If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." This is the way to revive a lukewarm church, the individual member must open their heart and let Christ re-enter, thus re-inviting His presence back into the church. Because, WE ARE THE CHURCH!
It is so easy to allow distractions, preferences, opinions, and hurts diminish the white-hot life and passion within our lives. And let's be real when this happens our words and actions express this; sowing that same seed into those around us. Simply said, it's contagious.
Life is beautiful!