To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.
As the Laodicean church is mentioned last among the seven churches in Revelation, it can very well be the state of the church in the last period of the last days. The Laodicean church does seem to portray the church in the First World cities today. The city of Laodicea had vibrant economy sectors in banking, education and manufacturing. There were banks, medical schools developing the Phrygian eye powders and clothing factories. They were wealthy and self sufficient. It is ironic that the citizens and the church saw themselves as rich, smart and lacking nothing as a result, but on the contrary, our Lord saw them as poor, blind and naked instead.
|Healing Remedy of Christ our Lord
|Phrygian eye powders in medical schools
|Smug self satisfaction
|Easy going complacency
Wealth is deceitful and attempts to choke the life of the believer. Affluent cities today are defying God’s moral laws and most live in dissipation. Are not the global cities today reveling in making merry and money? Are we not living in such cities focusing on such economy sectors and trusting our security solely on such wealth ? How easily such affluence can make us poor, blind and naked with pride, self satisfaction and complacency instead. We cannot serve both God and Mammon or we will end up being lukewarm.
The only way to get right healing from Christ our Lord for our spiritual sickness is to obey His exhortation to repent and be zealous in whole hearted devotion to Him.