Often we do not even miss the things that exit quietly from our lives. Subtly other things, often in the form of pleasure, slip in to occupy the time we once gave to God. While being spiritually poor, blind, wretched, miserable, and naked, we appease our conscience with accomplishments in the carnal realm. Gone is the fulfillment, integrity, and communion with God, replaced by a vain, empty shallowness that does not satisfy. We justify our condition on the grounds of enlightenment and “everybody else is doing it, so it must be okay.”

Standing outside a heart emptied by negligence, Christ stands knocking knocking and seeking reentry for a renewal of communion (Revelation 3:14-22). Do we have the fortitude to turn around? Do we have courage to open the door? If so, we can regain what has slipped away. Returning to us will be what we have missed so much, what we were taught, what we once believed and lived, what we once would have gladly died for.