by Rev Joel Yong
Revelation of John 3:15-19
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you 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.
The church in Laodicea was wealthy.
It had its belief, but was neither enthusiastic nor was it seriously corrupt. It was in-between.
It was prosperous and known for trading a certain eye ointment. Its wealth made the believers in the city comfortable and their passion for God cooled as they were distracted by other earthly pursuits.
No wonder, God speaks to them in the way He does.
He chides them – their expensive clothes, riches, eye ointments are nothing in reality.
They have not relied on God and were losing their dependence upon Him and instead had begun trusting in themselves.
Then God reminds them, saying He disciplines them because He loves them, not because of hatred or condemnation.
We are prosperous too, as a people. We have a freedom to worship, that other believers in the world may not enjoy.
It’s easy to get distracted and cease to pursue God as fervently in such comfort.
Beware. Our self-sufficiency is an illusion.
We are constantly in need of God.
Let us remember that we are nothing without God.
He alone is everything.
We are nothing.