2005-07-01 - Letter to the Church in
The Seven Churches, Part 7 - Laodicea
"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. 15 I know your deeds,
that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16 So, because you are lukewarm" neither hot nor cold I am
about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 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. 18 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. 19 Those whom I love
I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 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 him, and he with me. 21 To
him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just
as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to
the churches." (Rev 3:14 NASB)
The Spirit had these instructions for the church at Laodicea:
Buy refined Gold so they can become rich. They possessed worldly wealth.
They owned their equivalent of the beach house, the luxury automobile, the
designer wardrobe. If they were alive today, we'd probably use the word
"self-made" to describe them. But none of us are self-made. If we believe
we are, we are just deceiving ourselves. Everything we own or "make" is only
by the allowance, the grace, of God.
There's nothing inherently wrong with being rich. In fact, God can use an
humble, faithful rich person better than a prideful, selfish poor one. And
there is nothing inherently superior about being poor.What we do with our
riches, and our attitude toward them, is what matters. Riches aren't to be
the recipient of our faith; rather, they should be used for God's purposes.
Use your new car to ferry someone who doesn't have one. Donate some of your
largess to a trustworthy organization that helps people with little money.
But sometimes we become overdependent on our possessions, and they end up
possessing us. what would you do if overnight, everything you own disappeared
in a tsunami or a fire? What if your insurance company said it couldn't replace
your home? Scary thought indeed, but your true treasure - your Heavenly treasure
- would be untouched.
Long after our earthly "things" are corroded or degraded back into the Earth,
our Heavenly possessions will live on forever - our soul, our joy, our peace,
our future with God.
Buy white clothes to cover their nakedness. They might own the finest clothing
available, but they were lacking what was needed to enter Heaven, the covering
for their sins - which only Christ's sacrifice can provide.
Acquire salve for their eyes. The Laodiceans had limited vision, and didn't
view the world through God's eyes. To do that, required a spiritual implant.
Christ "saved" us 2000 years ago, as a gift; all we have to do is claim our
salvation. (See Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Spirit's words may sound harsh: Because they lacked spiritual passion,
God would spit the Laodecians out of His mouth. But along with the warning,
came a promise. If they were to repent, they could have eternal fellowship
with God. If you are blessed enough to have one or more close Earthly friends,
you know what a sweet experience that fellowship can be. But it doesn't hold
a candle to what it will be like in Heaven, fellowshipping with God.
Have you claimed God's unalloyed gold and snow-white clothing? Christ paid
the bill; all we have to do is pick up the merchandise. Have you formed a
relationship with God through His Son, who died so we could live forever
with our Heavenly Father? All you have to do is ask Him for that relationship
and eternal security. If you have any questions about this, feel free to
Comments or Questions?