Friends, I’ve mentioned in the past that we follow the Lectionary with the passages that we use for the daily devotions; and it seems like Jesus is divinely connecting so many of my recent devotions to the urgency of our spiritual readiness as His church in preparation for His return.
Today we will be looking at the last 9 verses of Revelation 3 which is a message from Jesus, through John, to the Church in Laodicea. Before we look at today’s passage, we need to remember that the book of Revelation is an unveiling of the future. Every message to all 7 churches is in red print, meaning these are direct words from Jesus to “the church”…and since you and I are the church, that means He is speaking to us. This particular message, or letter, is the final instruction that Jesus has given to John to write for the 7th church. These messages/letters advise you, me, and all believers that as the church we must repent and hold firm to our faith, or else we will become lukewarm which is exactly where Satan wants each of us so he can turn our hearts cold to Christ.
Every message/letter, prior to this last one, has included at least a compliment from Jesus to the churches. But, right out of the gate in this one, Jesus says, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mount!” (v.15-16) We must remember that Jesus knows the intensions of our heart. He knows if we are serving Him (and on hot fire with the Holy Spirit) or if we are serving Satan (have grown cold and desiring more of this world). It is imperative that we remember what Jesus taught us through Matthew during His Sermon on the Mount that “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” (6:24) Anything of this world that enslaves us is simply Satan taking us further away from Jesus. Satan plays a long-term game for our hearts, he knows if we are enslaved to the things of this world, we will grow lukewarm and eventually we will turn cold. If we go a little further in Matthew to chapter 24 Jesus speaks about the future and He specifically says that “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.” (24:12)
We can say we are good, that we have everything we need, even that we are rich which money, love, things, etc. The physical churches can be beautiful, with large budget lines; but, when everything goes away, you and I want to make sure that we have stored up “wealth” in eternity…and that starts right NOW. We must live for eternity now, which means we ought to be repenting daily in prayer and allowing God to purify us, so we can inherit the riches of heaven. We also want to be made righteousness in the likeness of Christ, which requires the same, constant repentance in prayer and seeking to have spiritual eyes to be guided on the path Christ has for us. We have to welcome the correction that God has for us, because if we don’t, we are walking off of the path He has so beautifully created for each of us as His church. Listen for His knock, quickly answer Him, and remain on HOT fire for Jesus, no matter what is happening around you.
Revelation 3:14-22 NLT
The Message to the Church in Laodicea
14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”
Prayer: Jesus, we thank You for hearing our prayers. Help us to be on fire for You, Lord. When we step into sin, help us to immediately stop, repent, and turn away from that sin. We ask for Your angels to guard us, and for all of heaven to join us in prayer as we hold firmly to our faith in You, Lord Jesus. We join our hearts in asking for Your protection over all who are in Ian’s path. Please weaken this storm, Lord. We ask all of this in Your Holy Name, Jesus. Amen.