JESUS IS CALLING YOU

Knock Knock

 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Genesis 3:20)

The book of Revelation has been a source of extreme interest for me, so I decided to devote this month to plunging into an in-depth study of it.  A cousin told me about a Revelation series on conducted by Dr. Chuck Missler on YouTube, which I chose as a study tool.

More of Dr. Missler’s study is dedicated to chapters two and three than any portion of the book because these chapters apply to the church at large and each individual believer today.[1] These chapters contain letters that the Apostle John wrote to the seven churches when he was banished to the Isle of Patmos.[2]  For most of my Christian walk, I’ve been taught that each church represents a specific period in history, and that the age we are presently in is the Laodicean age.

laodicea-the-lukewarm-churchThe Laodicean church was referred to by Jesus Christ as a “lukewarm” church; it was neither hot (on fire for God) nor cold (back completely turned away from God).  They saw themselves as a group of wealthy people in need of nothing, while God saw them as miserable, afflicted, and poverty ridden.[3]  It was a “fence straddling” church whose focus seemed to have drifted more towards physical prosperity than spiritual intimacy.  Their eyes weren’t lifted up to the eternal God as much as gazing out to “stuff” that will perish.  They were deceived into thinking that their natural prosperity was a reflection of their spiritual condition. 

Upon the conclusion of Dr. Missler’s teaching, he recited the following inscription written on a cathedral in Lubeck, Germany that was clearly directed towards the believer. [4]

“Thus Speaketh Christ our Lord to us;

Ye call Me Master and obey Me not.

Ye call Me Light and see Me not.

Ye call Me Way and walk Me not.

Ye call Me Life and choose Me not.

Ye call Me Wise and follow Me not.

Ye call Me Fair and love Me not.

Ye call me Rich and ask Me not.

Ye call Me Eternal and seek Me not.

Ye call me Noble and serve Me not.

Ye call me Gracious and trust Me not.

Ye call Me Might and honor Me not.

Ye call Me Just and fear Me not.

If I condemn you, blame Me not.”

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One of the greatest revelations I gained from Dr. Missler’s teaching was that unlike the other churches, Laodicea was the only church where Jesus was not inside the church.  He was standing outside the church knocking and waiting to be invited in so that He could commune with them.[5]

This reminded me of a vision that a friend once had several years ago.  There were masses of people who were walking away from light.  She said that it reminded her of a scene from a western movie where the cowboy rides off into the sunset.  God revealed to her that there were people of God who were doing His work, yet had turned their backs on Him to walk into darkness.

Today we have access to multitudes of bells and whistles of a modern world, every creature comfort imaginable at our fingertips, and a society that promotes self-gratification.  This ease of access to indulgences has caused so many of God’s people to fall into the stupor of a life that has grown distant from God.  In an age where so many churches seem to be more focused on physical prosperity than eternal intimacy, it is easy to lose focus on our sole purpose for being created. We were created to have pure, unadulterated intimacy with our Creator.[6]  Being lured into the trappings of worldly possessions, have we found ourselves turning away from the Light of the world?[7]

During this festive season we are bombarded with extravagant colorful lights, lots of food and family fun, ornamented trees, and gift exchanges. This has caused many lose sight of why so many Christians have chosen this season to celebrate the birth of Christ. Don’t you think it’s time to turn back to pure worship?  It’s time to follow Jesus’ instruction to anoint your eyes with “eyesalve, that ye mayest see.”[8]  Don’t you think it’s time to fall prostrate before the Lord and give Him all your undivided attention?

When was the last time you decided to leave the malls, turn off the TV and tablet, silence your phone, and take a Facebook break just to enter into a quiet place to spend good, uninterrupted, quality time with your

 

  • Master
    • Light

      • Way

        • Life
          • Wise

            • Fair

              • Rich
            • Eternal
          • Noble
        • Gracious
      • Mighty
    • Just Savior?

 

How about right now?  I invite you to just bow down and worship Him this very moment.  I encourage you to set aside the earth-bound cares of this life to embrace some heavenly-bound, yoke-breaking intimacy with the One you have chosen to celebrate during this season.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the stupor of the Laodicean age.  There’s too much to lose.  Jesus is calling you. You have an appointment to sit with Him on His throne.[9]  Don’t miss it!

 

References:

[1] Revelation 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22

[2] Meyers, Rick. E-Sword. Computer software. E-Sword. Vers. 10.4.0. N.p., n.d. Web. Fox’s Book of Martyrs

[3] Revelation 3:17

[4] Missler, Chuck. “Chuck Missler Revelation Session 09 Ch-3 14-22 The Letter To The Church Of Laodicea.” Youtube. N.p., 4 Sept. 2013. Web. Jan.-Feb. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyFT8SDgosY&gt;.

[5] Revelation 3:20

[6] Psalm 148:5, Ephesians 4:24, Revelation 4:11

[7] John 1:9; 8:12

[8] Revelation 3:18

[9] Revelation 3:21

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