And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 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—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. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. 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 dine with him, and he with Me. 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.”
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
In application, are we like the ancient believers in Laodicea?
Ask yourself these questions.
1. Am I more excited over my purchases that I made at Ol’Navy on Black Friday than the treasures that I might receive on Sabbath Sunday?
2. We might enjoy buying in Idaho Falls. So what brings us the most pleasure to buy? And from whom?
3. When has it been the last time that I have been to a prayer meeting, simply to join others to pray? Am I in need of nothing?
4. Do believers get together every morning in Idaho Falls to pray? If not, how come villages in other countries do this, but not us?
5. Do we actually consider ourselves to be “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”? Does our wealthy farming, medical, and scientific community sense this? The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings, “Ah, turn me not away, receive me though unworthy” in the song: “O Divine Redeemer”. Do we believe that?
6. We might say that we see. So in our defense, what are we seeing during the week? What do we seek to look at?
7. In all of our busyness, do we even hear the Lord knocking on the door?
I think we have as a big a problem with lukewarm hearts in Idaho Falls as the ancient believers in Revelation 3:14-22. What does the Lord need to do to get our attention?