“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Revelation 3:20 is often used as an invitation for someone to accept Jesus Christ as savior, but it is so much more than that. Taken in context, it is Jesus’ response to the Laodicean church, which was materially rich but, according to Jesus, spiritually destitute. Recognizing the church’s poverty, Jesus said he is standing, knocking, trying to get their attention so that the people individually and as a congregation can live in relationship with him, and through him, minister to others.
A community church should be a representation of the universal church (all Christian believers worldwide), in miniature. Living in relationship with Jesus, caring for its own, sharing the Good News of salvation with others, and giving from its resources to those in need in the community in the same way Jesus gave of himself to the many lives he touched during his ministry on earth. When a church is not impacting others, it may be an indication that the individuals that make it up are spiritually destitute or dead. We can avoid this plight by first setting aside time daily to be still before God, listen for his voice, and get to know him better. Only then are we ready to begin loving and serving others the way Jesus wants us to.
Jesus continues to knock, trying to get our attention, wanting to transform us into “little Christs” (the root meaning of the word “Christian”) who can turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Are we listening, ready to open the door to our hearts when we hear his call? Or is the door grown over with the weeds of neglect and disuse?