John writes to seasoned believers. They have withstood persecution and hardship. They chose to follow Christ when it was the most difficult and now Jesus has words of correction for them. Note to self: who I was yesterday is of little value. It is who I am today, at this moment in time that Jesus is concerned with.
And Jesus sees all and knows all. There is nothing that can be hidden from the eye of God. The only person I may be fooling is myself. Jesus sees me right where I am and does not want me to stay stuck:
“But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” Revelation 3:17-18.
Repentance is a life long theme. Jesus is not content to leave me alone in my ignorance and poverty of spirit. He desires so much more for his beloved:
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice end opens the door, I will come in and eat with him , and he with me.” Revelation 3:19-20
Lord, thank you that you never fail to see me as I am. You desire only the best for me and don’t leave me ignorant and bound by my own sin. Thank you that your goodness and mercy heal the dark places I tried to hide from myself. Amen.