From: December 12, 2017
Scripture for today: Amos 7:1-9:15; Revelation 3:7-22; Psalm 131:1-3; Proverbs 29:23
From: December 12, 2016
“You are lukewarm!” These words were given by Jesus to the apostle John to pass on to the church at Laodicea. The ruins of this ancient city are located in the Western part of modern day Turkey. It’s geographic location gives insight to the words of Jesus. Located in the fertile Lycus valley between the cities of Colossae and Hierapolis, the wealthy city of Laodicea was the financial headquarters for the whole area and the political center for the district. Yet, the city was dependent on external sources for water. The Laodiceans built aqueducts to carry water from the nearby hot springs at Hierapolis and the refreshing cold waters at Colossae, but by the time the water arrived at Laodicea it was “lukewarm.” The water from the hot springs of Hierapolis was known for its therapeutic value and the ice cold waters of Colossae, for its refreshing taste for drinking. But the water at Laodicea was good for neither. So, what was Jesus saying to the church at Laodicea when He accused them of being “lukewarm?” He was telling them that their works were useless, good for nothing, because they lacked spiritual power. This was not about their salvation, as some have suggested, but about their lack of spiritual zeal. They were depending on their own wealth and power to live. They thought themselves “rich,” but Jesus called them “poor” (Rev.3:17). A church that depends on worldly wealth and influence, rather than the Spirit’s power, is at risk of being “spit out” of Christ’s mouth! Today, there is no church nor city in Laodicea, only ruins.
From: December 12, 2015
The letter to the church of Philadelphia is the only one of the seven that contained a commendation without any correction from Jesus. This little church was in the smallest of the seven cities addressed in Revelation. It didn’t have the population nor resources of the churches in the larger cities, but it did have spiritual power (“a little strength”), a commitment to God’s Word (“kept my word”), and Christ-centered faith (“not denied My name”). Jesus not only commended them, He gave them an “open door” of ministry effectiveness, so that the gospel went out from this little church to the surrounding world for centuries. God loves to do big things with little people.
From: December 12, 2014
These are the words that Jesus told John to write to the “lukewarm” church at Laodicea. He asked them to listen for his gentle knocking at their door. Christ expressed that he was ready to “spit” (Literally, “vomit”) them out for their lukewarm commitment. But then he offered to come and abide with them, if they would only open their hearts and listen to his Word. Has your lukewarm commitment locked Jesus outside your church?
From: December 12, 2013
Amos was a blue-collar prophet. Unlike Samuel who grew up in the tabernacle and called as a child, Amos was called as a grown man who already had a vocation. Be careful about putting God’s calling in a box. You may think God does it this way or that. But He doesn’t do encores. And its never too late with God. After all, He called Moses at age 80! God calls whom He wills, when He wills, how He wills. Answering that call is ours to do. Yet, may I say that I have never seen anyone more miserable than the one called who declines. When God calls, hear and follow.
From: December 12, 2012
Christ’s warning to the church at Laodicea. Because of its location half-way between the mountains and hot springs, Laodicea had trouble getting good water. The snow-capped Phrygian mountains above the city were a source of ice cold water, but b…
From: December 12, 2011
This sounds like WCC. God keeps trusting us with open door opportunities, while we are little in strength (numbers, money, influence). Let’s keep on preaching the Word and the Name.