Are You Really Rich?

Kenneth Kuiper

READ : Revelation 3:14-22

The ancient city of Laodicea was surrounded by hot mineral springs. Water from those springs was piped to town and, by the time it got there, the mineral-rich water was lukewarm. It was so bad that visitors often vomited after drinking it! Spiritually, the church in Laodicea was just like that nauseating water and it made Jesus feel sick!

What made the situation even more bleak, the church didn’t realize its sad state. It thought itself “rich” and in need of nothing! This self-sufficiency was the problem. As believers, we are totally dependent on Jesus. As He said: “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But, in their self-sufficiency, they had in effect locked Jesus out of His own church (v. 20)! Jesus had to point out their true condition: “You are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked” (v. 17). What a powerful rebuke!

If we have become too self-sufficient in our lives or in our churches, we need this powerful rebuke as well! May we never become so “sophisticated” or impressed with our abilities or ministries that we forget that, apart from Jesus, we are indeed nothing! And, if this rebuke “hits home,” may we rejoice in Jesus’ words of grace in verse 19, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.”


Dear Lord, may we never nauseate You by having too high an opinion of ourselves. We confess our deep need of You. Amen.