1. Introduction to Laodeica – the Church of The Lukewarm

They met every Sunday, on the Lord’s day

Thought they were hot – something to behold

Then God sent His servant called John

To tell them – “You are lukewarm,

neither hot nor  cold.

Fact is, you a’re  boring, I can’t bear to see

Think I’ll spit you out –  cause you just don’t love me”

The members of the church of Laodeica were wealthy and prosperous.  The deceitfulness of riches had caused them to lose their passion and zeal for the Lord. Furthermore they were not producing any fruit in the ministry:

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

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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 (Rev 3: 14 – 17).

2. Narcissism does not  produce a true self portrait

This is one of the harshest letters written by Lord Jesus. In fact, He told the Church of Laodecia that He would VOMIT them out if they did not repent. The church of Laodecia had looked in the mirror of self deception and truely beleved that they needed nothing because of their wealth.  Lord Jesus’  stern rebuke must have been shocking. You are:

“wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”

Jesus painted a picture of a church that was down and out and told them that His TRUE RICHES were the remedy for their pitiful condition:

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  (Rev 3: 18).

3. The riches of which Jesus spoke referred to:

a. investing in the kingdom of God rather than in ones self (Lk 12: 21).

Jesus used  the parable of the rich man who hoarded all of his produce in barns rather than doing what the law required in giving tithes and offerings and helping the poor.  God killed him that night (Luke 12:  16 – 21).   This was the picture of the church of Laodecia.  None of their wealth  was reinvested in the kingdom of God.

b. becoming poor for the sake of  the kingdom of God

Apostle Paul reminded us of Jesus’ self sacrifice in giving up the riches of heaven for a relative state of poverty on the earth (2 Cor 8: 9). Self sacrifice for the sake of the gospel was evidently not a trait of the believers in Laodecia.   The church of Laodecia must have fallen into many traps and snares as a result of their riches (1 Tim 6: 9). This is the reason Jesus said they were “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

4. What is the BIG question for us today?

Have we become complacent and poor towards the Lord as a result of wealth? The nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a prime example. When we were poor in the 70s and 80s we were a God fearing nation. Today, people no longer fear God and our homes, vehicles and other signs of prosperity have made us poor, blind and naked.
God is calling His people to repent and seek true riches in Him. Blessings!