Do you remember the times when you were excluded? When you were small, you experienced the pain of being excluded from fun things your friends were engaged in. In the family, you might have been excluded from important decisions. At work, you may have been ignored when the time for promotions came up.
Although you weren’t an outsider, you became an outsider because of the neglect of others who really shouldn’t have neglected you. You were an integral part of the group. The group would never be the same without you and the valuable contributions you bring. But you became an outsider because of the rejection you faced.
Jesus also felt like an outsider. Even now he is made to feel like an outsider by us his children, his church, the body of Christ. The church was purchased by his own blood. He has every right to enter. In fact, it is his right to enter and to rule. But he is on the outside knocking on the door like an unexpected stranger.
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. (Revelation 3:20)
The church at Laodicea was lukewarm. They were neither hot nor cold. It was this condition that caused Jesus to be on the outside.
I suppose it is true that God is a gentleman. He doesn’t force his way in. Although it is his rightful place, he waits at the door of our hearts. He wants us to willingly open our hearts and invite him in. The lukewarm will not do that as their hearts are divided.
So now, do you hear him knock?
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