The churches in Revelation part 7

February 10th, 2011

The final church mentioned in Revelation chapters two and three is the church in Laodicea. This church receives a blunt assessment and an invitation.

The blunt assessment is found in verses 15 and 16. It says, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!“

The interesting thing about Laodicea is that it was located between two other cities – Colosse and Heropolis. It had no fresh drinking water of its own and water was piped from the two other towns. Herolpolis had therapeutic hot springs and Colosse had cold refreshing mountain water, so the water that arrived there was lukewarm and undrinkable.

Lukewarm as it describes in this passage is talking about being indifferent to the things of God. They are not really committed to follow God or are they against Him. They are apathetically sitting in the middle. Bible scholars tell us that they had become this way because of the wealth the Roman Empire had brought them and they felt they had it all and lacked nothing.

But in verses in 18 and 19 we see that they are being rebuked or corrected because of the Lord’s love for them. In verse 20 we see it is not too late for them to turn from their indifference and truly return to Him. The invitation says, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends“.

So what can we learn from the church at Laodicea? Well I think for us as Christians we can all get comfortable and become apathetic to the things of God. Maybe we have a great job, a nice house, two cars in the garage, food in the fridge, a large screen TV and a nice family. We can feel like we have it all and as a result our hearts can grow cold or indifferent to God. We can become lukewarm!

The key for us is to remember the invitation that the Lord gave to the church at Laodicea out of his love for them. He wanted to return to the intimate friendship they once had. I believe this call is to us today too if we have become lukewarm or indifferent. We just need to simply pray and open the door of our hearts back to God and invite Him in. God is always ready to welcome us home, just like the father welcomed the prodical son home in Luke 15.

It is my hope and prayer that if you have grown cold to God, that you will ask Him back into your life today. I pray that you will be on fire for God and live each and every day for Him.

God Bless,

Dave