My husband Ned and I are hosting a Bible study at our home and we are studying the book of Revelation. It has been wonderful for each person brings so much knowledge to the table. We have met four times and we are still in our study of the seven churches. Each person brings some commentary and we discuss, pray and think. Not everyone agrees on everything but it gets us talking and we praise together and pray together and the Holy Spirit is helping us learn so much.
According to some theologians, the last church, the Church of Laodicea, is very much like many of our churches today, lukewarm. As Christians many of us are also lukewarm. In Revelation 3:14 Jesus says: “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. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Laodicea was about 40 miles from Ephesus; it was a very wealthy city, a famous medical center.
Its one weakness was the water supply. Water had to be piped into Laodicea, Cold water flowed in from Colossae but by the time it traveled into Laodicea it was lukewarm. About six miles away in Hierapolis were hot springs but that water was warm when it reached Laodicea.
They had money, they worshiped false gods and they were well-known thought of, but Jesus had no respect for them. Think about it. How often do we speak of sin and the need for repentance in our churches? How often do we listen to a social gospel that has no power, and worse yet, how often do we lives our lives like this, afraid to stand up for God and His laws because we might be laughed at.
Remember how many good German people turned their heads the other way when Hitler began to murder six million Jews? We say, how horrible of them, yet American has killed more than 54 million babies. How often do I sit by when someone says something that I know is wrong because I don’t want to be rejected. God is offering us hope. If Laodicea repents Jesus promises they will sit on His throne, it’s time to stand up for something before we have nothing left to stand up for so we can join Jesus. Join me. Kathy Thomas
(Pictured: The ruins of Laodicea, the lukewarm city in Revelation)