Revelation 3:14-22: Jesus is the answer
‘To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see.19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ NIV
There can be a huge discrepancy between how we see ourselves and reality (how Jesus sees us): ‘’You say…But you do not realise that…’’ (17). But whatever our maladies may be, personally or corporately, we can, and should, go to Jesus for the cure:
‘’I counsel you to buy from me…’’ (18).
‘Where can I go but to the Lord?’
It may prove costly to obtain the healing you require (implied, perhaps, in the word ‘’buy’’). Repentance is never without pain. But consider the difference genuine repentance brings (19, 20). There is no substitute for personal, intimate fellowship with Jesus. Everything else we may try to live for is a lesser god. None but Christ can satisfy.
PRAYER: Lord, mercifully show me who I am and what I am, and help me to truly repent.