The lukewarm condition Revelation 3:14-22

14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[f] write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[g] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also 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.”’”         Revelation 3:14-22

Jesus is very clear about how He feels about lukewarm Christianity.  Those in Laodicea believed they were okay because they were rich physically and they were comfortable.  But their hearts toward the Lord has become cold and indifferent.  Jesus gave this message to John to give to the church and the Lord called those who found themselves in this condition to repent.

Repent requires a change of mind and a change of direction.  When the Lord calls people to repent He is simply calling people to turn to Him and seek Him with their whole heart.  When we abide in the Lord daily it protects and guards our heart from straying from the Lord.  But when we fail to abide in the Lord we open ourselves up to being pulled way from the Lord.

He stands at the door and knocks.  He desires intimacy and fellowship.  To claim to follow Christ means that we walk with the Lord daily.  We fellowship with Him and draw near.  Our relationship with Him becomes the priority of our lives.

The reason so many in Laodicea struggled is that they were comfortable in the culture that they lived in.  They believed themselves to be physically rich but failed to understand that spiritually they were bankrupt.  But Jesus in His mercy was calling them to repentance.  Daily we need to evaluate our heart and lives to see if there are things that need to be removed.

Developing a disciplined prayer life and time for the study of God’s word will guard our hearts.  Naturally as we fellowship with the Lord our hunger for Him will increase.  If we simply abide in Him, He will lead us to victory.  The Christian life is not complicated.  It simply requires that we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

 

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