We are not stirred to seek the Lord until we see ourselves as He sees us. Here are the differences between our view of ourselves and His. Here also are Christ’s own illustrations of us, our need, and how we may receive new life from Him.
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: 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.
The Apostle John has seen a great vision of the risen glorified Lord and he has been given the substance of this Book of Revelation and at the beginning of it there appear
letters to seven churches of Asia with their varying needs, and we’re looking this evening at the content of the message which was to be given to the church at Laodicea.
Now, it’s addressed to a church which had faded, a church which had lost (it would seem) much of its essential communion with God, which had drifted from the pathway.
By whatever means it’s slipped away from the true faith and so these words are directed to such a church, but they equally apply to all individuals and that is how we shall look at them and take them this evening. They have a much wider application to every one of us, and particularly those who have never sought and found Christian conversion and found the Lord.