A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
For the last 2-3 weeks, the Lord has had me stirred up in the Book of Revelation. In particular the 7 churches. Some nights, we read over one of the church’s descriptions and talk about what it means.
If we were to be honest with ourselves, what church would we be a member of today? Honestly, many of us could say a combination of them either at the same time or different times in our lives.
- Ephesus: loyal church
- Smyrna: suffering church
- Pergamum: compromising church
- Thyatira: overly tolerant church
- Sardis: dead church
- Philadelphia: weak, but obedient church
- Laodicea: lukewarm, uncommitted church
To the church of Laodicea, a lukewarm, uncommitted church:
“This is the message from the one who is the Amen–the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
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 like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!..”
So what does this mean? We as the church are God’s representatives on the earth. He chose us to carry and extend His salvation to others like hot water represents medicinal/ healing. He chose us to carry and extend His encouragement to others like cold water represents a refreshing to those who are weary.
Jesus isn’t saying He hates us by spitting us out. He is saying that because no one can drink or swallow such water. It isn’t good or helpful.
“You say ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!”
Have we become self- confident? self- satisfying? self- seeking? Exalting ourselves over Him and others, not willing to let God into our lives or being able to use us in the earth. Exalting our family’s blessing over being able to bless others to; how, by settling with the amount that you have that is just enough for you and your family.
God needs us blessed to be able to be a blessing. God didn’t create you to live in self- dependance. Every day, we need to need Him and His word and His abundant blessing.
“And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”
Are we looking at our lives with our physical eyes or are we seeing our lives with our spiritual eyes? Blind… Are our lives seemingly amazing on the outside, but empty and of poor quality on the inside? Wretched, miserable, and poor in spirit. Why so many successful people fall into suicide overcoming them. Are we living our lives without the righteous clothing of Jesus? Without the full armor of God? Naked…
“So I advise you to buy gold from me, gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Buy your garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. Buy your healing eye ointment from me so you will be able to see.”
We may live in this world, but we are not of this world. We must live with a higher revelation and dependence in The One who is our real source. This world focuses on our outward identity instead of our real identity. God doesn’t want us exposed in our spiritual nakedness because there is hurt and shame found in that. God wants us to exalt and live by His healing word. “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word of God.”
Insert from Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 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.”
Do we hear God’s voice? Do we hear Him knocking on our hearts? This knock is not just a few light knocks, that word actually means Jesus was beating, urgently on the door of His own church because they didn’t realize they had shut Him out!
I don’t want to live my life just knowing about Him, I want to live my life WITH Him. Whenever His Spirit reveals to me that I have started living in a way that leaves Him behind, I am so thankful for His knocking and correction! I am so thankful His mercy and grace gives me the chance for repentance and He can instantly come right beside me IF I CHOOSE to listen to His voice and let Him in.
“Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on His throne.”
I love this! Thank you Lord that He calls us victorious when we allow Him as the center of our life, our church! We get to live with the authority that comes from His throne, that’s far more powerful than anything in the world.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”
Let us be honest with ourselves and how we are living our lives? Are we representing the power of Jesus or have we grown to be just lukewarm? Are we more committed to the culture of the world we live in or are we more committed to the culture of Heaven where we live from?
All my love, Sara