Amos 7:1-9:15 / Revelation 3:7-22 / Psalm 131:1-3 / Proverbs 29:23
Revelation 3:15-17 & 19-21
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot, I could wish you were cold or hot so then, because you are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of my mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing and do not know you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. (V19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with Me.”
Here, Jesus addresses the Church of Laodicea, commonly known at the “lukewarm church” – meaning, the people were full of mixture – one foot in the world and one foot in the church. Because their hearts were drawn to both carnal (fleshly) living and spiritual living, their lives ended up in neutral. They had some sort of “token” relationship with God, but had measured their worth, not by their walk with Him, but by their earthly wealth and material status. Jesus points out that, while they were unable to see their true emptiness because of their material possessions, they were actually spiritually wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked – completely ineffective – part of the “white noise” of confusing Christian culture.
However, Jesus AGAIN shows His great love and compassion for His children saying that it’s because of His love for them as sons and daughters that He comes to them with “straight talk” - black and white truth - chastening them unto turning their hearts back to His. He calls them to be zealous and repent, promising that when they “knock at His door”, He will open it and receive them and “dine” with them again! Yes, our God is a God of restoration, mercy and compassion!
MUCH can be learned from this section of Revelation (Jesus’ letters to the different churches – chapters 2-3). As God speaks to the churches, let us open our hearts and minds to the things He wants to speak to us personally today. These chapters are a gift from Him to help us “self-examine” our own spiritual standing. As God shows us our true condition, let us respond to Him wholeheartedly, not merely with “talk”, but with ACTION that reflects the deep desire of our hearts to be close to Him and walk in His ways - today and every tomorrow we are given!