Whom I love

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
— Revelation 3:19

There is some debate on this passage because some people use these verses as an evangelistic appeal to non-believers when Jesus says "Behold I stand at the door and knock". Others criticize this  and say no this is addressed to individual believers, still others make a case that it only applies to a church as a whole (i.e. the church of Laodicea). My position is that it applies (like many promises and commands in the Bible) to all three. The immediate context is indeed individual believers ("if anyone", "to the one who is victorious") but it has application to the church as a whole "those  whom I love" (i.e. the church at Laodicea and any church corporately) and also to non-believers as a general principle and invitation ("anyone" and "Whoever has ears"). So this is actually a universal principle concerning Christ's desired fellowship (coming in and eating) with any individual or church that repents, and opens the door in faith to Him for the first time or the thousandth time.

 This Christmas we must be aware that not only is Jesus better than church and salvation is found in him and not in any church, we must constantly be renewing the foundation within through true repentance. He rebukes and disciplines those whom he loves (that's you), so open the door once again and do not let anything block him out of your life. Do what you need to do today (you know what that is) to make it happen, no excuses.

In Prayer Today:

Invite Christ into your life and the life off your church once again, that he may be the center not just of your Christmas season, but of everything...