In Revelation 3 Christ talks of the 7 churches. Like a good manager would do, Christ points out the things they are doing right, and then points out the things they are doing wrong. He then tells them what they need to do to fix the problem, and what He is going to do to help them. But it’s the church in Laodicea that most perked my interest. Laodicea was considered a wealthy city and considered a strategic banking center.

To the angel of the church in Laodiceawrite:

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 doorand knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,I will come inand eat with that person, and they with me.

To the one who is victorious,I will give the right to sit with me on my throne ,just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Did you ever notice how this is the only church that Christ did not commend for anything

In reading this it makes me think much of America today. We rely too heavily on our own self-sufficiency, instead of God’s abundance. So often we as Christians live a lukewarm life. Jesus was a faithful and true witness, whereas the Laoidiceans only witnessed to their own spiritual works

God has blessed us so abundantly, and yet we seek to acquire things. We have a tendency to become complacent because we own a big home, a nice car, dress nice and go to church on Sunday, and so we think we have everything we need. We don’t seek God as we should. It’s not that we don’t believe in Him, but rather we are neither hot, nor cold in our faith – we are lukewarm

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. However, we must first be earnest and repent, and it is at that point when we will be able to hear His voice.

How can you fire up your relationship with God today?

Mark Etting

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