Summary: What Jesus wanted more than anything was for this lukewarm church to become passionate about their relationship with God! He wanted them to live the Greatest commandment, to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Dinner for Two
Revelation 3:14-22 14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm-- neither hot nor cold-- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame 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."
Intro: One of the harshest letters to the churches. This is the only church that receives no pat on the back or words of praise. And yet we see that Jesus loved this church very much. He said, “Those who I love I rebuke and discipline.” Jesus was not venting. He was not berating these followers b/c He disliked them. Rather, he was dealing with them as with sons and daughters. He only wanted them to get it, to get Him! He wanted them to care more about loving God and people than loving themselves. They had been blessed financially, but were basking in it instead of using it for God’s glory. They had no vision to reach those around them. They were just satisfied with who they were and where they were at. But contentment is not always a redeeming quality. Sometimes it is repulsive! And that is why we read such strong language as Jesus firmly takes this church to the woodshed.
-What Jesus wanted more than anything was for them to become passionate about their relationship with God! He wanted them to live the Greatest commandment, to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. So let’s take a look at this letter and ask the Lord to show us what He is saying to us today.
1. Words about Jesus
-The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation
-Jesus is reminding them who He is. He is the Almighty One who affirms what God the Father says. When He speaks it is pure truth. His words drip with reality!
-Jesus wasn’t making stuff up to get a loud Amen! He was speaking razor sharp truth that would cut through a calloused heart, bringing the proper response of total surrender. Since He is the ruler of God’s creation, the appropriate response to Him would be complete surrender and wholehearted service.
-Such was not the case in Laodicea! Let’s take a look.
2. Words about the church’s condition