14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the [k]Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will [l]spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore 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 will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame 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.’” Revelation 3:14-22
The issue facing the church in Laodicea was a spiritual condition of lukewarmness. They believed themselves to be in right standing with God because they were physically wealthy and believed themselves to be blessed. But in truth they were wretched before the Lord because they were lukewarm and their hearts were far from the Lord. He was calling them to buy gold refined in the fire which meant to pursue the Lord with all their heart because when we are truly pursuing the Lord we will be refined by the refiners fire.
The Lord called them to buy eye salve so that they would indeed have eyes to see. They were blinded by their lukewarmness and were unable to see what the Lord truly desired. The Lord was calling them to go to a much deeper place with Him. To let go of the things of this world and to desire the Lord and His kingdom alone.
Worldly wealth has a way of putting out a person’s spiritual fire who is fervently seeking the Lord. I have seen this happen time and again as a person who has hit rock bottom cries out to God and comes into relationship with Him. They begin on fire with the Lord, but as things turn around and become very comfortable the fire that use to burn within them begins to wane and eventually their relationship with the Lord is no longer a priority.
There is nothing wrong with worldly wealth if it is used for the purposes of God’s kingdom. But we must check our hearts daily to make sure our hearts are fully give over to the Lord. There are great rewards that await those who faithfully serve the Lord and walk with Him all their days.
One of the great rewards of abiding in the Lord and faithfully serving Him is simply enjoying His presence. The more time we spend alone with the Lord the more His presence becomes tangible in our lives. No matter where we are we will sense His presence and we begin to experience the abundant life Jesus spoke of.
Also those who faithfully serve the Lord will rule and reign with Him in His kingdom. Salvation is a free gift from the Lord. It is by faith alone. It cost Jesus and incredible price, but all who place their faith and trust in Jesus receive salvation freely. But all of us will stand before the judgment seat of the Lord someday and the faithfulness of our lives will be judged. Those who have been found faithful with the gifts and talents they were given will be greatly rewarded. But those who failed to walk faithfully will enter Heaven as one escaping from the flames.
Let us faithfully serve the Lord daily. Let us seek Him daily and seek to have eyes to see and ears to hear. As we seek the Lord and seek Him for wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and revelation He will pour out greater understanding in our lives. All that we need is found through simply seeking Jesus.