Friday, May 10, 2013

Laodicea, a city that was neither "hot nor cold", a city that God Himself threatened to vomit out (spew out) if they did not repent. They depended on their own wealth, not seeing how in need they were. Sound familiar? I thought so too. Western Culture fits this description to a T. I'm someone right in the middle of Western Culture, fortunate enough to be in a place where people are still fighting for God. I'm also in a place where I see the struggle, I feel the struggle, sometimes I am the struggle between God and myself. We are Laodicea

In Revelation 3:14-22 Laodicea is given a letter:

 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; 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 in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”  (NASB)

This letter seems bleak. After all, being spit out of God's mouth is not the way I'd choose to be remembered. Being lackadaisical, not producing fruit, not showing people who God is, that's what this church was being chastised for. They forgot God! They decided to not depend on Him. They relied on their own abilities thinking that they were good, they were fine, maybe even starting to think that God was not needed or no longer there? Just maybe?

How often do we forget that God is here? That we do need Him? That life not worshiping God is no life at all. We try to fulfill our lives with stuff. We live in a society that promotes materialism as being the path to happiness. But does it truly? No, it does not. I've worked retail, and I work currently in a retentions department for a cell phone company. I see and hear every day how only the latest and greatest new technological device is the only thing that will make people happy. I honesty feel sorry for them. They will be as miserable with their new toy as they were before. Oh there's a period where they are happier, but the honeymoon is soon over. We rely on our wealth to save us, just like Laodicea.

There's good news here though: if we start relying on God, like the church in China or Korea, or any other country where it's illegal to be a Christian, we can see ourselves for what we are. We are poor, we are unable to provide anything without God providing it for us. We are blind to the needs of those around us. I love what verses 21 and 22 state: God knocking, requesting to be a part of your life. Waiting for us to hear Him, wanting to not only dine with us, but to be with Him in Heaven. Are you willing to open the door, heed His voice?