Zacchaeus, Laodicea, and me
"Behold 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 is an invitation to the Laodicean church found in Revelation 3:20. It reminds us that God is actively knocking on the doors of our hearts, and we must hurry to the door and let Him in. It is a time sensitive warning, that Jesus Christ is coming soon to take us home! Will we be ready? Will we let Jesus into our hearts and homes, even if we are messy, even if we are sinful, today? We cannot delay, we cannot put off the invitation of the Holy Spirit and his work in our life.
In Luke 19:1-10 we read the story of Zacchaeus. He was a rich man, who might have thought for a long time he was content with the things of this world. He was a man who had status. Yet as he heard the stories of Jesus, he must have been impressed that the riches of the world couldn't satisfy his heart. One day he climbed up into a tree in order to see Jesus passing by in the crowds. When Jesus saw Him, he recognized him and saw him for who he was, yet he spoke to him "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." Zacchaeus came down immediately, receiving him joyfully, even though the crowd around Jesus began to mutter and complain. As Jesus stood up next to the Lord, he said "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." And Jesus said "Today salvation has came into this house."
We may be like Zacchaeus, we may be comfortable living lives for ourselves. As Americans, it is quite easy to pursue things like money, job satisfaction, relationships on this earth, travel, or materials to satisfy our desires for more. Yet it is so dangerous to feel content, so dangerous to feel rich or satisfied in our homes. For Jesus tells us that "if we are neither hot nor cold, we are lukewarm, and we will be spit out of Jesus' mouth."We cannot be satisfied in this world, unless we find our satisfaction in Jesus Christ, for if we are satisfied in this world without Jesus, we are unprepared for eternity in heaven.
Are we actively preparing for Jesus today? Or are we actively seeking comfort and prosperity for ourselves in our temporary home on earth. The Bible says we can't be lovers of two things or masters of any two things. He uses the example of money in Matthew 6:24. Matthew 10:39 says "Whoever finds their life, will lose it. Whoever loses His life for my sake will find it."We must be prepared to give up the things on this earth in order to follow Jesus.
I don't know about you, but I want to find Jesus' presence in a new way today. I want Jesus to come into my heart and give me peace and joy. I want to dine with Jesus today.