Living to Please God (3)
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth - Revelation 3:15-16
In the third chapter of Revelation, the Lord sent a message to the church of Laodicea. This was one of the seven churches in the then Asia Minor. It was a church that had the appearance of luxury, riches, and comfort. They were comfortable in their wealth but deluded in their spirit. They found their satisfaction in material things, and they assumed their prosperity must have amounted to divine approval. But Jesus rebuked them and told them to obtain true wealth from him. The wealth from him stands the test of trial
Whose assessment is right, of poverty or prosperity? The gold and other treasures that are produced at the expense/ risk of their lives is an inferior pavement stone that Heaven cannot even make use of. The creator of Heaven and earth is in the best position to determine what true prosperity is.
But contrast to the church of the Laodiceans was a church in Smyrna which was going through serious persecution and the letter to them from the Lord is that of comfort. This church looked poor and wretched in the eyes of the world. They were under a spiritual attack, and their standing in the midst of it received the compliment from JESUS; No one will dear rob an empty house for people rob on purpose. The devil would not have put up a fight against the church if it did not pose a threat to his kingdom. No one throws a stone at a mango tree that has no fruit. If your life is fruitful, it will attract a demonic hatred.
God is interested in where you stand as he does not want lukewarm Christianity. You had better be either hot or cold. For if you are cold, God will know how to help you get out of your spiritual apathy. Neither here nor there does not appeal to the master. I have never seen anybody fallen in love with warm tea; it is either cold or hot tea that people desire. Men who stand for nothing fall for everything.
Prayer: Give me wisdom, so I may walk the path of truth that you have ordained in Jesus name. Amen!
Further Reading: Revelation 3:14-18; 2:8-9
One-year Bible Reading Plan: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33; Romans 16:10-27; Psalm 26:1-12; Proverbs 20:19