Thursday, October 19, 2023

Neither Hot Nor Cold

Broadcast 3824
Rev 3:16-17 (NET) So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth! 17 Because you say, "I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing," but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.

The church in Laodicea was lukewarm because they had become worldly. This worldliness manifested in their focus on material things rather than eternal things.

You see, you can focus all your spiritual energy (use the power of grace and faith) on only earthly riches, when its real purpose was for eternal riches. Earthly riches are but an addendum.

When a Christian focuses on physical wealth instead of the kingdom of God, chances are that he will get what he wants if he is well taught on how to apply all the [spiritual] principles. But such a Christian will be spiritually impoverished. His pitiful state will be obvious when real life begins in our eternal kingdom.

The church in Laodicea boasted and thought they were doing fine because they had physical wealth, but they did not know that their true spiritual state was pitiful; they were wretched, poor, blind, and naked.

It is not possible to serve God and mammon (see Matt 6:4). Unfortunately, many Christians have been overtaken by the love of money, and this has made them unfruitful in the kingdom.

Go into today knowing that if your goal in life is no longer centered on advancing in the kingdom of God, you are now serving mammon.

Those who serve God understand that life is a privilege to serve, please and know God in this realm and time; a realm that presents the opportunity to be conformed to God’s image and become His son for eternity (see John 1:12, Rom 8:19). They understand that even money is a means to this end, not the end in itself.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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