Happy Valentine's Day to my lovely Wife,
who has a name and it is Loren R. Culver. My Love
for you has only increased.
Revelation 3:14–22 (ESV)
The Seventh Letter: To the Church
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and
I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not
be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with
him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered 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.’ ”
Jesus describes himself as the “words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” It is easy to isolate Jesus as being born in a manger roughly 2,000 years ago,
but that would be denying that Jesus was present when the world was created. The is stated by John in the beginning of his Gospel, which begins: John 1:1–4 (ESV) “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Jesus is, always has been, and always will be...
eternal and is God.
Jesus calls them on complacency when he states: “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and
neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Instead of trusting in the Lord, they put their
trust in their material possessions and wealth (created things) instead of putting their trust in the Creator. This puts them in a position of believing in God, but not needing him. Their hope and security is not with God. When you run into
a congregation like this, the people tend to treat church like a social club and live in the comfort of their retirement accounts and merely give Jesus lip service. Jesus wants nothing to do with this attitude. Our Salvation is only found in the
perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ who opened the doors to the Kingdom through the forgiveness of sins. There are indifferent to the work of Christ and trust in themselves... they don’t need Jesus. They are wrong
and Jesus will spit them out. Unfortunately they will be like the rich young man that didn’t sell everything and give to the poor because he had much possessions. His God was not Jesus, but his material possessions. People who are wealthy
have a hard time realizing that God is not happy with them. Jesus want them to be rebuked in a way that will bring them to repentance.
The Gospel is Jesus standing at the door knocking. Many focus inwardly
and put their faith in their own actions of opening the door. They are forgetting one thing, they only opened the door because Jesus was knocking on it. He came first... they would never have gotten up to go open the door without Jesus first knocking.
They did not choose Jesus, it is Jesus who chose them (John 15:16). They are the ones who fell away and it is Jesus knocking on the door to bring them back. "20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne." I pray, Lord help me by never letting me have
enough wealth that I stop trusting in you. I would rather be poor and dependant on you, that to become neither hot or cold because of my possessions. Let me never forget that my salvation is only through you. Without you, I am nothing.
You are the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. Amen.