Tucked away in the book of Revelation is quite a powerful message. It is targeted to Christians in the church of a city called Laodicea. Laodicea was a remarkable city...a "model" city in fact...as it was the center of finance, manufacturing, medicine, and fashion.

 

Interestingly, the city of Laodicea also had the distinction of having the dirtiest and foulest water supply in Asia Minor. Not only that, but the water was tepid-neither hot nor cold.

And just like the lukewarm water that flowed through the city's aqueducts, Laodicea was also full of Christians who were half-hearted in their commitment to God. They were more impressed with themselves, their reputations, and their bank accounts than they were with the God whom they professed to serve.

Here is what Christ said to them:

"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." Revelation 3:15-16

Jesus compared the Christians in Laodicea to their own drinking water. In essence He said, "You are, in your indifference to me, making me sick. Your apathy is making me nauseous. Your half-hearted commitment makes me feel like I've just drunk a glass of your water!"

As I read this passage I had a startling thought: What a warning this is for you and me!

Jesus showed the Christians at Laodicea their spiritual blind spots just like He wants to show us our spiritual areas of blindness.


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