The passage for today is Revelation 3:14-22. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Revelation 3:14-22 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Out of all the letters to the churches in Revelation, the letter to the church at Laodicea is the harshest, so it is imperative to draw our attention to the reasons why. What was it that needed rebuked so greatly? Because the area was a wealthy city with many resources, the people had drifted from trusting in God as their provider and trusted in their own prosperity. They began to believe that they had all they needed in their wealth. In the same manner the Israelites were warned, “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God…otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the land of slavery…” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14). The Laodiceans became so focused on the temporal things, that the spiritual things were forgotten. They believed that they were “rich, wealthy, and have need of nothing.” But the true spiritual reality was that they were actually wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked but their ignorance blinded them from realizing it! How alarming. True spiritual treasures are only found in one place and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no hope in anything else. Only He has “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” If this letter brings conviction, then we must praise God for His love and mercy because He declares that He loves those whom He reproves and disciplines.
This letter is very meaningful in our culture and day. We find ourselves in a very similar situation. There is a drawing in our nation to depend on all the stuff and everything that we can see and touch instead of the God who is invisible. We must be careful how we live and make our decisions because once we get comfortable it is easy to drift away into complacency. We must pray to God to reveal to us our ignorance and to show us the way of faith. Where do we turn when things fall apart? Have we lost our drive and our faith in prayer for provision from our Heavenly Father?
Heavenly Father, this is a letter written to us. O let us hear the words and let us receive them in faith that we would buy from You gold refined by fire, white garments so that we may be clothed, and salve on our eyes that we may see. Forgive us for trusting in things other than You. We pray along with David, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
This post was written by Amee Kuch.