“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
I want you to think about a housewife who loves her husband and knows her husband loves her but feels emotionally disconnected. Her husband works hard, long hours and is usually exhausted when he gets home. Even when they do get a chance to be alone together, there’s so much family business to discuss that they rarely get beyond the mundane. They still have sex, so it’s not like there’s an unmet physical need; she’s just looking for a renewal of intimacy that transcends living together. She longs for first love again.
So she plans a night for just the two of them, and her husband agrees to come home at six for “something special.” She arranges babysitting for the kids, makes his favorite meal, puts on her best dress, gets the lighting and the music just right, and then… comes the phone call. He can’t make it – something’s come up and he’s sorry. She packs the food up in the refrigerator, blows out the candles, turns off the music and can’t help being disappointed. Something has been lost and that particular moment will never be regained. All he had to do was come home and take his place at the table. She had done all the work to make it happen, but he missed the appointment.
The church at Laodicea had stopped coming to the table. They were saved and had correct doctrine but they had decided in their hearts that they now had all they needed from God. (Revelation 3:17) Jesus had set the table with everything they liked and needed; eye salve, garments of white, gold refined by fire. They were all ready for Him to serve, but they had stopped keeping their appointments.
But it’s not just about their loss. Jesus Himself says that He wants to dine with them. Why does He want to be with us so much? I don’t know, but I do know that I don’t want to disappoint Him.