“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!” Revelation 3:14-15
How many of our modern day churches are neither cold nor hot? How many Christian lives wouldn’t look much different if they stopped believing in God? How many people are neither excited for nor antagonistic towards the Lord? How many of us rarely share our faith with neighbors, co-workers, or friends? How many choose the popular and comfortable stance on a subject instead of what is right? Do we find ourselves desiring to fit in both at church and outside of church by “riding the fence” on issues? Has our faith become lukewarm? Many people do things to “people please”.
In Revelation 3:16, the Lord says” So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” The Lord was sickened by what He observed. Laodicea was a thriving city. The people were self sufficient. They thought they were prosperous and needed nothing. They lived for themselves, and not for Christ. How sick this modern day “me” society must make our Creator!
In verse 17 the people were told, “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” They didn’t even recognize how they were living. They were blind to the fact that they did not need a Savior. Are we guilty of not allowing Jesus to control our lives? Do we love God, but not with all our heart, soul, and might? ( see Deuteronomy 6:5 )
The Lord counsels the people of Laodicea by instructing them to “buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen. And salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be ZEALOUS and REPENT. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him and eat with him, and he with me” Revelation 3:18-20
Christ is appealing to them and to us to repent and let Him in. We must make Him a vital part of our lives. We must humble ourselves so that we can receive His grace and mercy. We must be born again of the Spirit. God offers us this gift, we cannot buy it, earn it, or be good enough to deserve it. We must be renewed in our hearts and minds, and open up our lives and become totally committed to living and serving and worshipping the one True God.
Jesus makes a promise in Revelation 3:21. “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.” If we turn our lives over to Christ and live for Him, we can inherit the riches of heaven. Recently, there was a picture of a homeless man on his knees praying. When he was asked why a homeless man with nothing would be thanking God, he replied “God will never forsake me and though I might not have much in material things, I have the greatest gift of all–salvation–thanks to Jesus Christ! He said, “My riches don’t come from man and money, but from our heavenly Father”! Homeless, yet indeed among the richest of men.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
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“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:22