Today’s Reading - Revelation 3:14-22
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. 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. - Revelation 3:19-21
I am not sure exactly how it will be or play out, but the image created in my mind of sitting on the throne with Jesus Christ is a very exciting image to have. The words of Christ to the last of seven churches can be the harshest it seems, but important. If lukewarm is going to cause me to miss the opportunity to be a pillar and sit with Jesus on his throne, then I’m not taking any chances. I will choose to be as far from lukewarm toward hot as I can be. In the meantime I realize rebuke and discipline is coming but if that helps me stay away from lukewarm then I need it. These words to Laodicea speak to both the present and the future. We are to hear the knock and let Jesus in to dine with us and live in such a way that we eat with him for a lifetime. The richness of the life we live now bears fruit which leads to the glorious life we will live in eternity. Sitting on the throne with Jesus. Intimacy of relationship now leads to intimacy of relationship for eternity. Intimacy of relationship now means the ever abiding presence of Christ. There is glory and wonder in knowing Jesus is with us every step of this journey we are living. I dare not live in such a way as to destroy intimacy. I want to sit with Jesus on his throne. While I am a pillar of the temple. It’s the best life now and will be even better, more glorious, in heaven. We should not miss that opportunity.
Heavenly Father, we confess and repent of anything you choose to rebuke and discipline us over so that we do not break the intimacy you desire with us. Please forgive us of any wrongdoing in our life. We only want to be rich in your sight. We want to walk with you and walk with you, one day, straight to your throne and join you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Personal Prayer Focus - Pray for the churches in your city.