Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
These are the words of Jesus to an early church. He continues on to say, “Behold, 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.”
What could this mean but that there are those in the church that have yet to open the door to Jesus? Because remember, he is speaking to the church. There are those in church who are satisfied in their belly, proud and happy with their success and supposing themselves to be rich and without much need. But the wisdom of God says otherwise. He says the people who see themselves this way are considered to him to be blind. What an odd thing to say, right?
We only know life insofar as we have thus lived it to date; life as poor, blind, filthy wretches who invent new ways of doing evil. We rob and murder, lie and cheat, wage war and commit adultery. Self-centered and proud and dying from our gluttony while nations starve. Like fish in the sea we have no clue we are IN sin for sin is all we have ever swam in. So it makes sense that God has to petition us to come to him, because unless he does so we will see no need to do so. It is his petitioning that opens our eyes to how crappy our situation really is.
But God, being rich in mercy, speaks to us like this to open our eyes and reveal to us that we are soaking wet, dripping debauchery.
When this occurs our self assessment ought to become eclipsed by God’s proclamation. We should no longer consider ourselves rich, full, and clothed but poor, empty and naked. And it is the Lord, the heavenly merchant that comes to sell us gold and bread. How shall a poor man buy gold, bread, or even a robe? He can’t. The offer of Jesus is that everything we need is on sale for the cost of opening the door to the merchant. That’s it.
Consider yourself. Are you rich, full, clothed and proud of doing it all on your own? Then I along with Jesus tell you that you are indeed bankrupt. God is revealing your poverty, if your ears and eyes are open to receive it. Receive the robe and take the bread on a golden platter and see to it that your soul is satisfied forever. Otherwise,
“because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”