Time With God.
"And to the angel (pastor) of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Ruler of God's creation. 15 "'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"
Jesus presents Himself to the pastor and church in Laodicea as the Ruler of all creation who faithfully tells the truth. Jesus knows the works of the pastor and saints of this local church are as useless as lukewarm water to quench a thirst, invigorate the body, or promote healing. The pastor and saints view themselves as rich, prospering and in need of nothing. Laodicea was a prominent textile center, banking center and medical center known for healing salves. The local church was prospering right along with the city, but not in the eyes of Jesus, the faithful witness of the truth. In light of eternity, Jesus assesses the condition of the pastor and saints as wretched (see Romans 7:24), pitiable (see 1 Corinthians 15:19; Greek word means “deserving of sympathy for one’s pathetic condition”), poor, blind and naked. What a difference from the assessment of the pastor and church of their own condition! All people can be so deceived of their true condition if they do not regularly meet with Jesus and get a true diagnosis of their condition. What would Jesus say to your pastor and local church? Would it differ from what you think? Ask Jesus to give you a true assessment of yourself, your pastor and your fellow saints.
Jesus counseled the pastor and saints to buy gold from God. He was telling them to begin to do the works God had assigned them in the manner God assigned them (gold, silver, and precious stones type of works) and not continue in the works of the flesh (wood, hay and stubble kind of works; see 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Gold, representing God’s assigned works, survives the fire of Judgment. Jesus counseled the people to begin doing works of righteousness with their worldly wealth and not be naked (see Luke 16:9-13; Revelation 3:4-5; 19:8). Jesus counseled the saints to buy eye salve, which represents truth, so they would not be blind to God’s will. He stood at their door knocking to be let in to give His rebuke and correction meant to move them to be zealous and repent. His discipline was an act of love.
Are you meeting with Jesus daily in the Word and Prayer to determine your true condition and receive His counsel on what to be doing and how? We can be deceived into uselessness when living in prosperity according to the world. We avoid being wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked by keeping the counsel of Jesus.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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