“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21, NKJV).
I believe the need to perform often blinds us over time to the actual condition of our hearts. Having to do, never gives me time to see who I am and what Christ is offering. Leaning on my self-sufficiency, I see everything as being good; maybe even great. I form a confession over my life that gives me security and hope, even though it is wrong.
But Jesus comes.
Jesus knows the actual state of my heart at all times. It is His kindness when he breaks into my self-talk to speak His truth. The Laodiceans were not trying to wander from the truth. They just drifted. Jesus had to stand outside and point out their deception. He spoke strong words that contrasted with their appraisal of themselves. Jesus counseled them to come to Him, and to buy from Him what they were lacking. He assured them of His love, in that He was unwilling to ignore their arrogance, and instead spoke the truth. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19, NKJV).
Finally, He spoke to the obvious; if you are hearing Me, then open the door and invite Me in. I am learning to invite Jesus into my deficiency, rather than trying to become sufficient. He wants to come inside. Here is my need. He can supply from His riches and glory, giving the riches of faith, tested in fire. He gives garments made white in His blood, and eye salve to anoint my vision to see.
All of this happens in the context of intimacy, dining together. Let’s invite Jesus inside and listen to His provision of grace. We are loved, but the season of exchange is at hand, to exchange our opinion of ourselves for His provision of Himself.