The AMI QT Blogs from June 5-11 are provided by Tina Hsu. Tina, a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.) has just returned from E. Asia, where she served as a missionary for two years. Currently, she serves at Church of Southland and Kairos International University.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
“Live as an Overcomer”
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
“The one who overcomes” is a repeated phrase throughout Jesus’ letters to the seven churches in Revelation. He speaks to each church about its spiritual condition and calls them to overcome every challenge by faith. Becoming an overcomer is God’s call for every believer. The closing of Jesus’ words to the church at Laodicea helps us to see how He coaches Christians to overcome spiritual lows, whether it be apathy, complacency, pride, hopelessness, or unbelief. As the best athletes and finest scholars in the world receive the best quality training in order to have victory, the Christian is trained to overcome and to live victoriously when he or she receives training from Jesus Christ.
The first element needed for becoming an overcomer is humility—to listen to God’s correction and to trust His love in the rebuke. He corrects because He loves us, and not because He is ashamed of us or dislikes us. In v. 19, Jesus says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline.” When we sit under the counsel of God, we allow Him full access to shape our values and attitudes. The wisdom of God that comes through correction can lift us up out of bondage and the repetitive cycles that we ourselves are not able to overcome.
The second element is opening our “door” to Jesus who is knocking at the door and to enter into a daily communion with Him. The image of Jesus dining with us and sharing a meal is a metaphor for strong affection and fellowship. Jesus invites the Laodicea believers into this intimate space. Though Jesus abides in every believer through the Spirit, the Laodicea believers had shut the door to Jesus in their self-sufficiency and wealth, quenching the voice of the Spirit of Christ. Jesus is knocking at the door of their hearts so that He could return to His proper place of reigning and abiding in them. So today, let’s take heed of Jesus’ words, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me.” How amazing is it to know that our Lord desires to draw near to us even before we draw near to Him. This morning, spend some time responding to Jesus, and welcome Him into your day.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your unrelenting love. Give me eyes to see that You correct and rebuke me because You love me. You desire for me to experience the fullness of life in Christ. Grant me the ears to hear Your voice so that I may invite You into every area of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Romans 4