We live in one of the wealthiest countries. Most of us are blessed with the ability to walk into a grocery store and not only find bread but struggle to decide which kind of bread to get – there are way too many choices, in my opinion. We have fresh running water to quench our thirst and to cleanse our bodies. We live in homes that keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We have cars that take us wherever we would like to go and access to a good education system – and that is just to name a few of the many blessings we enjoy. I understand that not everyone has access to all the things I mentioned above, but the majority are undoubtedly blessed. And although we are quite fortunate to be blessed with much, such abundant blessings also come with higher expectations and a greater number of pitfalls.

We must avoid becoming too comfortable and complacent and not take things for granted. We must avoid becoming lukewarm. I think we often forget just how blessed we are and lose sight of God’s calling to use our blessings to further His kingdom. He has blessed us abundantly, and yet we seek to acquire things, and then more things, and more, and more.

We know something is missing, but we can’t seem to figure out what it is, and so we build big beautiful buildings or redo the ones we have so that they are bigger and better. We purchase a new car because it looks cleaner and has that new car smell, or we go out and replace our wardrobe with the latest styles because the clothes we had just weren’t cool enough. We go to church on Sunday to hear a very motivating, feel-good message. We may even volunteer at an event at church. Still, something is missing.

We have lost our reliance on God. It’s not that we don’t believe in Him, but rather our burning love for and trust in Him has gone lukewarm. It reminds me of the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-20.

 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ 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.

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 and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Laodicea was considered a wealthy city and a strategic banking center. They seemingly had it all, but in fact had grown complacent in their faith.

The good news is that God is on the other side of the door, just waiting for us to open it and let Him in. May your love for God burn within you today and every day.

Mark Etting

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