The church of Laodicea - The lukewarm church
I am noticing that the Holy Spirit keeps leading us to a specific matter as we read through these letters to the seven churches. It is the matter of: In whom do we find our source for who we are and what we do. As we read through this letter written to the church of Laodicea we see that, once again, man has found a way to glory in their own strengths and abilities rather than God himself.
Vs.17 says "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". Obviously they have become self sufficient and independent from God. But we are only alive IN CHRIST; therefore, anything out of Christ is death, lukewarmness, and nakedness. We are clothed with righteousness only because of Christ. Even as we received Him, so must we walk in Him, by faith and trust in Him, not ourselves.
We must be very careful to not make the same mistake as Laodicea. We are very wealthy compared to the rest of the world and we can easily forget to have a daily dependence on God for everything; our strength, our food, our ministry, our growth, and much more. Let us be thankful and dependent, let us be weak and submissive, let us be willing and ready, let us be hot and boiling in our love relationship with Christ Jesus, fully relying upon Him for all that we are and all that we do.