Rev Dr. Adewole JP
Lesson; Revelation 3 v 17-19
(17) Because you say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing” and
do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.
(18) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich;
and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may
not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
(19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
God is willing to go to great lengths to get our attention and get us to turn so
that we will buy gold refined in the fire, get proper white garments, and anoint our
eyes with eye salve. He is trying to get us to repent, which is what chastening is
The Laodicean has the same problem. He is blind to God at work in his life and in
the lives of others. Why? Because he is busy doing something else. The Laodicean is
not lazy; he is instead distracted with busyness, with this world, with getting
ahead in life, with everything else rather than what he should be involved in the
things of God.
God wants him to be zealous, but not at making money, not at building his house, not
at flitting off to various vacations, not at filling his social calendar. No, God
wants him to be zealous for Him!
However, a Laodicean pretends to be righteous. Like Balaam, he has built a façade.
Externally, he looks like a good guy, and righteous too, but all the while, inside
he is something else: He is totally hypocritical. This is one of the Laodicean’s
problems. He is so focused on other things usually his own well-being that he cannot
see God. Since he has everything all figured out, and all his needs and many of his
desires are met, he in his heart of hearts believes that he really does not need
Christ’s advice to the Laodicean is to get eye salve so he can see. It is not so
that he can see other people or other things, but so he can specifically see God! He
also wants him to produce righteousness, so he can put on that white clothing
representing pure character so he can “purchase” the spiritual riches that actually
mean something, the heavenly treasure Jesus speaks about in Matthew 6:20.
Amen. Happy Sunday and be fulfilled. IJMN.