A Half-Hearted Church

Cecil Martens

READ : Revelation 3:14-22

Jesus gives no compliments here! Quite the contrary. Laodicea was an extremely wealthy city, known for its self-sufficiency. Though destroyed by an earthquake 35 years before John wrote, it had the wealth and ability to rebuild without government assistance. Though Jesus does not accuse them of immorality, idolatry, or doctrinal apostasy, his words hit hard, “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, naked” (v. 17). Severe judgment! They were content with their wealth while unaware of their spiritual poverty, out of fellowship with Jesus. Our Lord uses understandable language when he calls them “lukewarm” because their water was piped from Heirapolis, a few miles north. By the time it reached Laodicea it was lukewarm. How could they get fired up again? “Make up your minds and turn away from your sins.” Jesus reminded them that he loved them, and invites them to be partners with him (v. 20).

This is an awesome message! Beware of being deceived. Half- hearted Christians lose! Remember our standard of comparison needs to be Jesus who is identified in the opening word to each church. Every message concludes, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (v. 22).


Lord Jesus, enable us all to heed these words. Amen.