Daily Devotion Saturday, January 12

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – Psalm 97; Isaiah 66:1-2, 22-23; Revelation 3:14-22 and John 9:1-12, 35-38

In today’s reading there are two passages that are broken up. When I see this I always wonder why they broke it up as they did? So, I’ll often pull the full passage up on Bible Gateway.com and read it. As I think about that, I realize this is what I do also. I’ll read the reading for the day and choose a few verses to focus upon. My hope is that you’ll take the time to read the full passage, to see what the reading or readings for the day say unto you. Just something I wanted to share from my thoughts for today.

Revelation 3:14-22 – 14“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation:

15“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot…..20Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.  

This is the seventh and last letter to the churches in Revelation. It’s the one that always makes me sit up and take notice. Where God says to the church in Laodicea; “I know your works, you are neither cold nor hot.” That always strikes home with me because I find myself in the middle of many of the issues of our day. I once had a colleague in ministry say to me, “Dennis; either stand with us or against us.” In other words get off the fence. My problem is I can see the good in both sides of an issue, so I tend to straddle the fence. Oh, I can be passionate about many issues, but on most I’m neither hot nor cold. This passage causes me to sit up and take notice.

The other verse in this reading I’ve chosen to focus upon is; 20Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.  I’ve always liked the image of Jesus standing at the door knocking.

Jesus stands at the door (our heart) and knocks. Will we open the door so he can come in? What do we feel we need to do, before we allow him to come in? Nothing really, Jesus came to take care of all our sin, so all we need to do is open the door and let him come in.

Today, open your heart and allow Jesus to come in and sit with you and you with him. Sense his deep abiding love of you and his joy of being invited into your heart today. Sit and have a cup of coffee or tea with him this day.

O Lord, I open my heart unto thee. May you come unto me and help me focus upon the things that are important to thee. Today, have conversation with me, about the important issues of our day. Amen.

Psalm 97 – 1   The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad! …

6   The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
and all the peoples behold his glory. …

12  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

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