Scripture:The Son of Man said to John of Patmos, “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation: ‘I know your works; you are neither cold not hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.'” (Revelation 3:14-16, 20)
Reflection:In the book of Revelation, John of Patmos receives a revelation from the Son of Man, who tells him to write seven letters, each to a specific church or congregation. In the letter to the Laodiceans, John reminds them that they have become lukewarm. In other words, they have lost their initial enthusiasm for their mission. Nothing happens when enthusiasm is lukewarm.
Switching metaphors from hot, cold, and lukewarm water, John employs the image of Jesus standing outside the door knocking. A quick search of the internet will quickly reveal many such pictures based on this text. Most of them portray Jesus, dressed in a red outer garment, standing before a door with no door handle or knob on his side. The person on the other side of the door must open the door for him to enter and dine.
Opening the door means leaving all behind. The safety of the inside – no one can get in because the door handle or knob is located only inside – opens to the risk of the outside. The person inside cannot know what or who may be on the other side of the door. A spirituality of mission also includes that risk. Answering the knock on the door draws one out of lukewarmness to hotness. Inside security is left behind in order to face outside risk; it may be Jesus knocking on the door.
Journal/Meditation: What one time have you risked opening your door and discovered Jesus on the other side?
Prayer: Son of Man, you come knocking on my door in order to call me to mission in your service. Transform my lukewarm security into hot risk so that I may be willing to leave all behind and proclaim your kingdom to the ends of the Earth. I ask this of you, Lord Jesus Christ, living and reigning with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.