Daily Advent Devotion Tuesday, December 17

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – Psalm 130; Zechariah 2:1-13; Revelation 3:14-22 and Matthew 24:32-44

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. 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. 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. 21To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

The above words were written to the church in Laodicea. They are words that could be written to many of the denominations/congregations in the Western hemisphere. They are words that are written to you and to me. They are harsh words in many respects yet within them are keys to real, spiritually abundant life.

First key; admit our sin of striving to be self-reliant. We all stand in need of God’s constant grace and love. Confess our sin and receive God’s forgiveness.

Second key; invest in God’s grace and love. We invest in so many things in this world, when the greatest return comes from when we invest ourselves; money, time and talents in God’s good gifts. So buy from God gold refined by fire. What is this gold? I believe it to be God’s grace and love offered us in Jesus Christ.

Third key; is for us to hear Christ knocking at the door. 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.

Jesus knocking at door.

Jesus knocking at door.

What I notice today is that Jesus says; open the door and I will come in to you. We have to open the door to our heart, life and let Jesus come in.

This Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent may we once again open ourselves up to Jesus, Emmanuel – God with us, who comes to dwell with us. May we open ourselves anew to Jesus being with us.

O God, thanks for the reminders of your love given us in Jesus Christ. Thanks for the reminders that in realizing our sin, we can repent, turn to you and you will forgive us and come in and dwell with us. O Lord, Jesus may this happen within our churches and our very lives this very day. Amen.

Psalm 130 – If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;

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