If Jesus has opened up both death and eternal life (1.18), then no situation, crisis, suffering or heartache can remain closed against Him (3.7). Those at Philadelphia are clearly exhausted disciples. Our Master knows this, encourages them (v.8), and urges them to take the opportunities He is opening up for them. Better still, He will open a place in His Father’s Presence to them for ever (v.12). He is coming soon to do that (v.11). It’s not our strength or faith or mind, then that counts; our confidence is in Jesus. He holds the keys.
Maybe you are a believer who is longing to serve God, and longing to be with Christ in heaven. Some Christians, though, are looking for the door out of the Christian life, and they aren’t always aware of it. Take the church at Laodicea. Like the tepid, unhealthy spring water which ran into the city, believers there were dangerously lukewarm (v.16). They were so confident in themselves, they felt they didn’t need the Gospel. Christ sees a smugness which is trying to push Him away, and which is close to disqualifying them from heaven (v.16). They need to open the door again to their Saviour by a sincere repentance (v.20). Self-sufficiency can lead us to despair, or to complacency. Either way, we need to come back to Jesus.
A Prayer to Pray
Father, Your grace in Your Son is amazing! Thankyou that in Him You give without measure. Lift me both from despair and complacency, as you teach me that Jesus is truly mine. Open the door of my heart to Jesus again, today, and may I know His fellowship. Amen.