“But they urged [Jesus] strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.” Luke 24:29
“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” Luke 24:32
“These are the words of him who…walks among the seven golden lampstands.” Revelation 2:1
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!” Revelation 3:15
In the above passages we see Jesus walking with his people, and I recommend that you read the full story of the Laodicean church and of the disciples on the way to Emmaus.
Luke describes two of Jesus’ followers hanging on every word that Jesus spoke as he explained the writings of Moses and all the prophets concerning himself. Awed by this teaching, they begged Jesus to stay with them for it was nearly evening, and their hearts were burning within them for more understanding of the Scriptures. Jesus did go home with these disciples, and as he shared in the meal, they realized it was Jesus in their midst. Immediately, with great excitement, they went to tell the others!
In Revelation, Jesus tells John that he walks in the midst of the churches, and he knows their deeds, afflictions, faith, and perseverance… In Laodicea, Jesus sees a church who is lukewarm, distasteful to the point of vomiting. The deeds of this assembly of believers had become indifferent, halfhearted, unenthusiastic, and unconcerned. In fact, this congregation had become so passionless for the things of God that at the end of Laodicean account, you will notice Jesus on the outside of the church’s door, knocking. Tragically, this assembly of believers has become self-sufficient and spiritually blind without the fellowship of their Savior.
Let us examine our hearts today. When the hearts of God’s people are humble, prayerful, seeking, repentant, and burning within them, then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, heal them, and fellowship among them.
Prayer: Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You’re my all, you’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord. Amen.