And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
You do not Realize
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your spiritual life? A 1 being the worst and a 10 being the best. Write a number right now somewhere on this page. How does God feel about the number you just wrote down? If we consider God’s opinion of the number we recorded, most of us should be concerned because our numbers are in the middle. Many people evaluate their spiritual lives, and although they are not where they should be, they convince themselves that God is pleased that they are not on the lowest levels of spiritual immaturity. That is not how God responds, however. In this letter to the Laodiceans, God says that lukewarm or average is worse than cold. How do you think the Laodiceans felt when they realized what God’s position on average is? Why is it so wrong? – Because it leads to wrong conclusions about the true condition of one’s heart. The average Christian is convinced that he is okay. In fact, he thinks that he is rich and needs nothing. In reality, he is wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. God’s counsel is for him to repent of his sin and come back to Him. What is God’s opinion of where you currently are in your walk with Him? What can you do about it?
How would you rate your spiritual life today on a scale of 1-10 (do not use 5)? Why?
How does God feel about where you are in your walk with Him?
What needs to change in order for you to move to a higher number?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment will you make?