14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
I am not trying to offend here, I am trying to spur on to good works. While there are those who ARE doing the works of Christ, a majority are happy by doing just enough to get by. I point fingers at myself here. The main issue in the above text is what Jesus is doing and whose house the door was that he was knocking on. Although this verse is used in evangelistic work, he was NOT addressing the unsaved, he was addressing the Church, he was addressing Christians. Oh that we would open the door to let Christ back into Christianity. We don’t even see that we have sent him away.
Christians in the US truly exemplify the Laodicean church. They are not hot (on fire for door to door ministry like JESUS said to do, it is what he taught his disciples.) they’re not cold (refreshing to those who are in a desert experience) they are luke warm thinking that all Jesus requires of them is to speak of him when they are in the midsts of other Christians. They have houses full of junk some packed away in boxes they haven’t seen for years. They do not know or care enough about their neighbors enough to say hello or even ask their names.
And you wonder why we are the laughing stock of the US and why the church has pretty much died in Europe? We have become poor, miserable and blind.
Jesus told the parable of the two sons. Their father asked that they do a task, the first son said “NO” but later did what his Father had asked. The other son said, “Sure, Father, I’ll do that for you.” but didn’t. Which one did Jesus commend? It wasn’t the one that was all talk. WE ARE ALL TALK, while Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and Muslims are out doing what Jesus said to do. I have heard it said that door to door ministry is not effective. HOWEVER, those who are doing are increasing in numbers at an astronomical rate. One of the largest attended religious meetings going on in our small town are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, while other smaller churches are struggling. What is the difference? One puts the pride on the table and does what the Bible says to do, the other says it is not effective (hurts feelings when people curse them or slam doors in their face). Even though the one is effectively increasing in numbers (and are a cult), the ones who supposedly know the truth are not acting on it, are not laying down their lives for those who are headed to destruction, are NOT OBEYING God in doing things the way His Son told them to do them. We should be ashamed of ourselves but we say “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;” Not even God.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Next time “A Tale of a King”