"I'm on my way; I'll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown.
"I'll make each conqueror a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, a permanent position of honor. Then I'll write names on you, the pillars: the Name of my God, the Name of God's City - the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven - and my new Name.
"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches."
Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God's Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God's creation, says:
"I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You're not cold, you're not hot - far better to be either cold or hot!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.